episodic

adjective
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 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 It must be asked: Instead of painstakingly converting bloated, overstuffed three-hour films into episodic television, why not just make TV shows in the first place? Sangeeta Singh-kurtz, Quartzy, "All of these super long movies should just be TV miniseries," 9 Sep. 2019 The three-year agreement, in addition, applies minimum salary and turnaround provisions for all Netflix programs and provides Netflix more flexibility in scheduling day performers and guest stars on episodic series. Wendy Lee, Los Angeles Times, "Netflix and SAG-AFTRA sign contract that includes dubbing work," 20 July 2019 O’Rourke here is neither writing about the state nor any particular administration nor any of our nation’s many episodic failures to live up to its own ideals, but about the nation per se. Kevin D. Williamson, National Review, "Is Patriotism Possible?," 21 Aug. 2019 But these have been episodic and there aren't machine learning tools on the back end to create a product rescue crews could use in all situations. Brian K. Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "AI and bionic eyes are helping to contain raging wildfires," 12 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of episodic

1711, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of episodic was in 1711

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episodic

adjective
How to pronounce episodic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of episodic

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

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