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

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The wrangler system is one where ordinary user behavior can be successful, a system which accepts that users periodically need help from someone with a bird's-eye view of the larger picture. Gretchen Mcculloch, WIRED, "Fans Are Better Than Tech at Organizing Information Online," 11 June 2019 Family Handyman recommends cleaning your air conditioner at the beginning of summer and checking it periodically to make sure the coils and fins stay clear. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "The Costly Air Conditioner Mistakes You’re Probably Making," 11 June 2019 Miller vowed to press on and pledged to keep senators updated on his health periodically until the next General Assembly session in January 2020. Pamela Wood,, "Maryland Senate President Miller: Health news is 'largely good'," 10 June 2019 From Deep Space to Lunar Space The small, periodically visited outpost near the moon was originally conceived to test technologies needed for a trip to Mars or asteroids. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "NASA: Lunar 'Gateway' Is Still Our Best Bet for Putting Boots on the Moon," 1 Apr. 2019 All planets but the moon and sun periodically appear retrograde from Earth. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign's June Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 29 May 2019 If the companies meet those and other requirements, they will be allowed to add more scooters periodically. Andrew Theen, The Seattle Times, "E-scooters may return April 26, Portland says, with new rules to curb sidewalk riding," 25 Mar. 2019 Continue adding soil periodically until the soil is slightly mounded above surface level to allow for settling. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "How to Grow Garden-Fresh Asparagus," 19 Aug. 2018 The 36th annual Bay State Games have been underway periodically since June, but the crux of the event has yet to be played. Matt Case,, "Taking the long view on the Bay State Games," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of periodically

1646, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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