ep·​i·​sod·​ic | \ˌe-pə-ˈsä-dik also -ˈzä- \
variants: or less commonly episodical \ ˌe-​pə-​ˈsä-​di-​kəl 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 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

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The movie seems too long, partly because of its episodic structure—battle-chase-battle-battle-chase—but also because of what is, or isn’t, at stake. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ Review: The Force Is Half-Awake," 22 May 2018 The number of multiple nominees this year also serves as yet another reminder of the Peak TV landscape in which stars can juggle a number of projects thanks in part to the limited episodic count for cable and streaming programs. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Twice as Nice: Emmy Nominees Recognized for Multiple Shows," 12 July 2018 The program began with Louise Talma’s Violin Sonata (1962), a 15-minute piece that has the feeling of an episodic suite. New York Times, "Review: A Tiny Garage Explodes in Pianistic Madness," 25 June 2018 Patients with episodic migraines have four to 14 days with migraine headaches a month, while chronic patients have 15 days or more a month. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "New Migraine Drugs Offer Hope to Sufferers," 18 May 2018 Fuller was first attached to Amazing Stories in October 2015, when the individual episodic anthology was set up at NBC. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Once Upon a Time' Creators Renew ABC Deal, Join Apple's 'Amazing Stories' Reboot," 22 May 2018 The other force, say cultural critics, is the transformation of television from episodic to novelistic. Michael S. Rosenwald, Washington Post, "Before ‘The Americans’ and ‘Homeland,’ Russian TV spies were simple villains. No more.," 2 May 2018 The other force, say cultural critics, is the transformation of television from episodic to novelistic. Michael S. Rosenwald, chicagotribune.com, "Before 'The Americans' and 'Homeland,' Russian TV spies were simple villains, but no more," 2 May 2018 Also: there is nothing quite like making a episodic musical. refinery29.com, "Jenna Dewan's Musical Series Is Heading To Netflix," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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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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