pe·ri·od·i·cal·ly | \ˌpir-ē-ˈä-di-k(ə-)lē \

Definition of periodically 

1 : at regular intervals of time

2 : from time to time : frequently

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Since then, the summit of Kilauea has erupted periodically with no warning. Faith Karimi And Holly Yan, CNN, "Hawaii volcano's 3 weeks of hot lava and toxic air -- with no end in sight," 23 May 2018 There are signs that visitors come periodically to pay their respects — plastic Christmas wreaths faded by the weather adorn a grave, while another is topped with a bouquet of red roses. Melanie Burney,, "South Jersey cemetery for black Civil War veterans has fallen into disrepair; historic site is on endangered list," 4 May 2018 The allegations have been covered periodically since then, including in a 2015 feature on the ESPN’s ‘‘Outside the Lines’’ and in a recent Chicago Sun-Times series. Michael Tarm,, "Michigan State kept ties to coach accused of sexual abuse," 24 Apr. 2018 All of which has again fired up the will-he-last speculation that has erupted periodically in the six months Mr. Kelly has been in office. Peter Baker And Maggie Haberman, New York Times, "Unwelcome Attention for John Kelly, the Man Enlisted to Bring Calm," 8 Feb. 2018 Vehicles will be able to travel east and westbound along Southwest 18th Street, but it may be reduced to one travel lane periodically to allow for the work to be completed. Kari Barnett,, "FPL pole replacement among ongoing Boca Raton roadwork," 6 July 2018 Conserve gas by turning the engine on only periodically to warm the car. USA TODAY, "How to drive safely in snow and ice. Hint: Steer into the skid," 4 Jan. 2018 But the legal pressure has forced Sci-Hub to periodically change hosting services and access methods. Joe Karaganis, Washington Post, "Russia is building a new Napster — but for academic research," 13 July 2018 Lanzmann tinkered in politics and journalism, working periodically for the journal France Dimanche, taking on freelance assignments. NBC News, "Claude Lanzmann, director of Holocaust documentary 'Shoah,' dies at age 92," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of periodically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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