periodical

adjective
pe·​ri·​od·​i·​cal | \ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-kəl \

Definition of periodical 

(Entry 1 of 2)

2a : published with a fixed interval between the issues or numbers

b : published in, characteristic of, or connected with a periodical

periodical

noun

Definition of periodical (Entry 2 of 2)

: a periodical publication

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Synonyms & Antonyms for periodical

Synonyms: Adjective

continual, intermittent, on-and-off, periodic, recurrent, recurring

Synonyms: Noun

book, bulletin, diurnal, gazette, journal, mag, magazine, newspaper, organ, paper, rag, review, serial, zine

Antonyms: Adjective

constant, continuous, incessant, unceasing

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Examples of periodical in a Sentence

Adjective

a periodical town newsletter that is supported by local advertisers periodical announcements from airline personnel concerning the delay

Noun

She writes for a monthly periodical. The library has a large collection of scholarly periodicals.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Almost nothing about the artist or his company appeared in library catalogs or periodical indexes. Edward Tenner, Time, "Search Engines May Seem All-Knowing, But They’re Not. Here’s How to Get More Trustworthy Results," 26 June 2018 These include decreases from .75 cents to $2.70 in the cost of sixth-through-eighth-grade Language Arts trade books and a .50 increase in kindergarten periodical subscriptions. Brian Lisik/special To Cleveland.com, cleveland.com, "Brunswick schools prepare for first strategic plan update in two decades," 17 Apr. 2018 Raymond Gadke assisted several generations of researchers and students in his oversight of University of Chicago Library’s microforms department and later of its periodical collections and all its reading room collections. Bob Goldsborough, chicagotribune.com, "Ray Gadke, oversaw microforms and periodicals at University of Chicago library, dies," 18 Mar. 2018 Would not such a periodical revision engender pernicious factions that might not otherwise come into existence? Jay Cost, National Review, "Christ Church Should Be Ashamed," 30 Oct. 2017 Would not such a periodical revision engender pernicious factions that might not otherwise come into existence? Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, "This Is the Bleakest Moment for America in My Lifetime," 13 Aug. 2017 Periodical cicadas are broken into two groups based on its 17 or 13-year periodic appearances. Jefferson County Cooperative Extension, AL.com, "Danger follows the buzz of summer (Garden Talk)," 18 July 2017 Legendary periodical cicada researcher C.L. Marlatt called them stragglers back in 1898. Kevin Ambrose, Washington Post, "Why are these enormous cicadas crawling out of the ground early? An expert explains.," 24 May 2017 But Washington must issue periodical waivers to keep the penalties from snapping back into place and the most recent one was set to expire this week. Josh Lederman, The Seattle Times, "With waiver, US lets Iran keep getting benefits of nuke deal," 17 May 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The publications ranged from large metro dailies, such as The Houston Chronicle, The Minneapolis Star Tribune and and The Denver Post, to small weekly periodicals. Fox News, "Boston paper presses coordinated response to Trump's media criticisms," 11 Aug. 2018 Cole wrote in an 1896 issue of the periodical The Woman’s Era. Leila Mcneill, Smithsonian, "The Woman Who Challenged the Idea that Black Communities Were Destined for Disease," 6 June 2018 America’s first sports periodical, American Turf Register and Sporting Magazine, appeared in the late 1820s, not long after Boone’s death. Bruce Barcott, New York Times, "How Hunting Became a Macho Sport," 22 June 2018 The paper traces its roots to a related paper, the twice-weekly Maryland Gazette, which was founded in 1727 in Annapolis and is one of oldest periodicals in the United States. Washington Post, "Capital Gazette shooting suspect charged with five counts of murder," 29 June 2018 Noguchi wrote in the Japanese periodical Diamond Weekly. Kevin Kelleher, Fortune, "Bitcoin Futures Killed the Bitcoin Rally (and Will Keep It from Returning), Economists Say," 2 July 2018 The project itself came out of a frustration with walking into a store on Varick and being confronted by corn snacks instead of periodicals, and wishing there was more out there. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "The Newspaper That Tries to Re-create the Feeling of Walking Around New York," 17 May 2018 The room's reference collection has 2,000 books and periodicals on the history, structure and production of books and book arts. Lauren Castle, azcentral, "5 things to know about Phoenix's Burton Barr Central Library," 15 June 2018 One who kept stacks of such periodicals was New Yorker Patrick Parrish, who has traded in these pieces since the early 2000s. Sarah Medford, WSJ, "The Family That Has Elevated Everyday Items to Art," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of periodical

Adjective

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1798, in the meaning defined above

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periodical

noun

English Language Learners Definition of periodical

: a magazine that is published every week, month, etc.

periodical

adjective
pe·​ri·​od·​i·​cal | \ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-kəl \

Kids Definition of periodical

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : periodic

2 : published regularly

Other Words from periodical

periodically adverb

periodical

noun

Kids Definition of periodical (Entry 2 of 2)

: something (as a magazine) published regularly (as every month)

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