pe·​ri·​od·​i·​cal·​ly | \ ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-k(ə-)lē How to pronounce periodically (audio) \

Definition of periodically

1 : at regular intervals of time
2 : from time to time : frequently

Examples of periodically in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Editor’s note: This story will be updated periodically with case numbers and information about city services. Dallas News, "New mask order for Tarrant County, coronavirus case update, what’s open and where to get tested in Grapevine," 25 June 2020 The concept rests on the notion that communities should periodically come together to reconsider who gets commemorated in the public square. Yasmeen Serhan, The Atlantic, "Democratizing the Statue Debate," 25 June 2020 Expect little more than blue sky, sagebrush, and mountains, periodically punctuated by the occasional, dusty small town like Eureka or Austin. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "14 Best Road Trips in America," 22 June 2020 Though skies were gray and rain sprinkled periodically, Sunday's Indy Pride celebration was not impacted as attendees celebrated virtually. Brooke Kemp, The Indianapolis Star, "Indy Pride's virtual festival mixes celebration with a cry for justice," 22 June 2020 And so the legends of this lake monster have come from this crane periodically surfacing, and people thinking it’s a monster. WIRED, "We Need More Movies Where the Sharks Win," 20 June 2020 Regardless of what precautions the campaign takes, the facility will provide personal protective gear to event staff, periodically clean and disinfect the arena during the rally, and install plexiglass partitions at all concessions stands. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "Health experts fear Trump's campaign rally in Tulsa could turn into a coronavirus 'super spreader' event," 19 June 2020 Bob's phone periodically downloads a list of infected pseudonyms and checks its own Bluetooth-encounter logs to see if any of them come up as recent proximity matches. Gideon Lewis-kraus, Wired, "How to Make Government Trustworthy Again," 18 June 2020 To make sure the birds weren’t simply memorizing the location of the sugary reward, the researchers periodically swapped the positions of the feeder and LED pairs. Popular Science, "Hummingbirds can see colors we can’t even imagine," 17 June 2020

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First Known Use of periodically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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29 Jun 2020

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“Periodically.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jul. 2020.

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