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 episodical (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

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Other Words from episodic

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

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 But their power is not episodic but cumulative, historians say, with the most successful civil rights demonstrations creating change through incremental steps, building on one another to, at times, remake the U.S. political landscape. Marco Della Cava, USA TODAY, "'You have to keep at it': What Black Lives Matter demonstrators can learn from civil rights protests of the past," 6 June 2020 The episodic arc involves a journalist going after the story of Axe's absence as a way to paint him as someone who's not above using people to get some leverage for his business. Kyle Fowle, EW.com, "Billions recap: Taylor's new venture begins — under a cloud of betrayal and mistrust," 1 June 2020 Jotun claims that regular pre-emptive cleaning in this way of a typical bulk carrier will result in a continuous reduction in that ship’s fuel consumption of 12-13%, as opposed to the episodic reductions brought about by current cleaning regimes. The Economist, "Antifouling technology A new robot may help keep ships’ bottoms clean," 28 May 2020 Powered by a diverse ensemble cast, the intricate and episodic story — written by Jack Thorne — deals with themes of passion, loyalty, family and regret. Noel Murray, New York Times, "The Best Movies and TV Shows Coming to Netflix, Amazon and More in May," 1 May 2020 Yet, in Florida, as elsewhere across the country, testing for the disease is episodic and restricted. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "Rapid COVID-19 testing slowly ramping up in Florida," 9 Apr. 2020 For better or worse, the real pharmaceutical fortunes aren’t made on treating episodic infectious diseases such as the flu or coronavirus. Avik Roy, National Review, "Pharmaceuticals and the Coronavirus Pandemic," 2 Apr. 2020 Canon Medical — a company under Canon Inc., which is primarily known in Hollywood for its digital cameras used in feature and episodic series production — is starting development of a rapid genetic testing system for the coronavirus. Carolyn Giardina, The Hollywood Reporter, "Canon's Medical Unit Developing Coronavirus Test," 19 Mar. 2020 Otherwise, reporting on how pervasive the disease is in specific sites is episodic, with sporadic revelations coming through county health departments. John Haughey, Washington Examiner, "National Guard strike teams to spot check staff, residents at Florida nursing homes," 14 Apr. 2020

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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 10 Jul. 2020.

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How to pronounce episodic (audio) How to pronounce episodic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of episodic

: made up of many different events or episodes
: telling about many separate events
: happening or appearing at different times

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