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

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 The excruciating tension of the very best horror is created more by what is not seen than what is, a game of hide and seek that has been, historically, much harder to sustain in episodic TV than in a two-hour or so film. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "From ‘Stranger Things’ to “Castle Rock’: How horror took over television," 27 Oct. 2019 Research also shows that most intimate partner violence is episodic and escalating, with the periods between attacks becoming progressively shorter over time. Nechama Moring, Quartz, "Why scientists ignore the top cause of traumatic brain injuries," 22 Oct. 2019 But the effect of health and life expectancy, which does not have the episodic quality of booms, busts and armed conflict, is larger, even when the tendency of wealth to improve health is taken into account. The Economist, "How to reveal a country’s sense, over the years, of its own well-being," 17 Oct. 2019 Adam Cole is ready to lead NXT onto weekly episodic television. Justin Barrasso, SI.com, "The Week in Wrestling: Sonya Deville Relishes Opportunity to Represent LGBTQ Community," 18 Sep. 2019 If this were a weightless, episodic science fiction series, that could be refreshing, but dabbling in heavier issues and eschewing humor or self-awareness means Another Life can’t fill that niche, either. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "Netflix’s Another Life starts as Arrival, then turns into Star Trek," 23 July 2019 Separately, Telltale Games created an episodic adventure game based on the Borderlands franchise in 2014. Brett Molina, USA TODAY, "'Borderlands 3' launched Friday. Here's everything we know about video game," 13 Sep. 2019 That timeline could be of use not just to episodic memory in the hippocampus, but to working memory in the prefrontal cortex and conditioning responses in the striatum. Jordana Cepelewicz, WIRED, "How the Brain Keeps Its Memories in the Right Order," 17 Feb. 2019 Crew, cast, and concept all check out; add in the fact that rotoscoping is truly rare on episodic television, and the show seems likely to be Amazon's next gotta-see curveball. Wired, "The 11 Best New TV Shows Coming This Fall," 16 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Episodic.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/episodic?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=e&file=episod02. Accessed 9 December 2019.

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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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