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

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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 Bullies and Saints is both a sweeping and an episodic history. Tristan Abbey, National Review, 23 May 2021 With so many flashbacks and suspects, The Dry could have easily become mired in episodic tedium, but grief is the glue that holds the story together. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 21 May 2021 Public broadcasters must shift to streaming, Ms. Vervloet said, adding that producing and airing high-end episodic series is how the broadcasters attract viewers to other, less commercial content. R.t. Watson, WSJ, 12 May 2021 For everyone outside that window, however, the lack of real atmospherics, and genuine awe or peril, makes this episodic journey feel small-scale and small-screen. Jessica Kiang, Rolling Stone, 5 May 2021 The film’s episodic, spiraling structure flows like a reverie. BostonGlobe.com, 5 May 2021 Personalized and episodic email marketing content shows prospective customers the right way to go and can develop a strong brand connection in the process. Joel Goobich, Forbes, 7 Apr. 2021 This digital-stage amalgam is too episodic to sustain momentum for a 2½--hour chronicle. Los Angeles Times, 6 Mar. 2021 For several years, Rouhana focused on producing two episodic television series, Hidden Heroes and Project Dad, both of which aligned with Chicken Soup’s family-friendly approach and eventually aired on CBS and Discovery, respectively. Matt Schifrin, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021

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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 18 Jun. 2021.

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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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