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adjective pe·ri·od·ic \ˌpir-ē-ˈä-dik\

Definition of periodic

  1. 1a :  occurring or recurring at regular intervalsb :  occurring repeatedly from time to time

  2. 2a :  consisting of or containing a series of repeated stages, processes, or digits :  cyclic periodic decimals a periodic vibrationb :  being a function any value of which recurs at regular intervals

  3. 3 :  expressed in or characterized by periodic sentences

Examples of periodic in a Sentence

  1. He takes the car in for periodic oil changes.

  2. sent out periodic reminders about the office dress code

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First Known Use of periodic

1650

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PERIODIC Defined for English Language Learners

periodic

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adjective

Definition of periodic for English Language Learners

  • : happening regularly over a period of time


PERIODIC Defined for Kids

periodic

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adjective pe·ri·od·ic \ˌpir-ē-ˈä-dik\

Definition of periodic for Students

  1. :  occurring regularly over a period of time


Medical Dictionary

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adjective pe·ri·od·ic \ˌpir-ē-ˈäd-ik\

Medical Definition of periodic

  1. :  occurring or recurring at regular intervals periodic epidemics



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