ep·​i·​sod·​ic | \ ˌe-pə-ˈsä-dik How to pronounce episodic (audio) also -ˈzä- How to pronounce episodic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly episodical \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​kəl How to pronounce episodic (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \

Definition of episodic

1 : made up of separate especially loosely connected episodes
2 : having the form of an episode
3 : of or limited in duration or significance to a particular episode : temporary may be able to establish whether the sea-floor spreading is continuous or episodic— A. I. Hammond
4 : occurring, appearing, or changing at usually irregular intervals : occasional an episodic illness

Other Words from episodic

episodically \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce episodic (audio) also  -​ˈzä-​ \ adverb

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Examples of episodic in a Sentence

the long novel was filmed for television as an episodic movie that was shown over the course of five evenings malaria is characterized by episodic attacks of chills and fever that coincide with mass destruction of blood cells
Recent Examples on the Web Sony Pictures Entertainment’s film adaptation of Uncharted stars Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg and released in theaters earlier this year, while HBO is creating an episodic series based on The Last of Us with Pedro Pascal and Bella Ramsey. J. Clara Chan, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 July 2022 The actors of the special, including Ann Dowd, will compete against the actors from limited series or TV movies because comedy series categories are reserved for episodic television. Clayton Davis, Variety, 13 June 2022 Its organizers curate a balanced collection of short films, episodic projects and features both by U.S. Latino directors and Latin American artists across genres. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2022 Or, most obvious, original series programming, which revitalized episodic shows that had been widely considered stale, even moribund. James Andrew Miller, Vulture, 19 Oct. 2021 Founded by Waithe and longtime collaborator Rishi Rajani, Hillman Grad Productions currently helms multiple episodic projects such as The Chi on Showtime, Twenties on BET and Them on Amazon Prime. Essence, 11 Oct. 2021 The Lincoln Lawyer, The Terminal List, starring Chris Pratt as a Navy Seal who uncovers a diabolical conspiracy concerning an overseas mission that went wrong, doesn’t feel like episodic television. Scott Mendelson, Forbes, 1 July 2022 Previous studies have found that acupuncture may be effective for episodic and chronic tension headaches but did not distinguish between the two. Rachel Fadem, CNN, 29 June 2022 As the title suggests, Raising Raffi is an episodic chronicle of the arrival and turbulent toddlerhood of Raffi, Gessen’s now-6-year-old son with his wife, the novelist Emily Gould. Phillip Maciak, The New Republic, 27 June 2022 See More

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Episodic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episodic. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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