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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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 The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is getting into the episodic TV space. Lesley Goldberg, Billboard, "Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Docuseries in the Works," 18 June 2018 The environment of episodic television and other voices of cinema in Hollywood are looking to diversify. Ruthe Stein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Filmmaker Cheryl Dunye on the front lines of black lesbian experience," 6 June 2018 The first included 955 people with a history of episodic migraine. Jacqueline Howard, CNN, "FDA approves preventive migraine treatment," 18 May 2018 The episodic, zig-zagging, fable-like plot of Volcano will not appeal to all tastes, and some of the local references inevitably get lost in translation. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Volcano': Film Review | Karlovy Vary 2018," 13 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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