pe·​ri·​od·​i·​za·​tion ˌpir-ē-ə-də-ˈzā-shən How to pronounce periodization (audio)
: division (as of history) into periods

Examples of periodization in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That's periodization in a really simple form. Greg Presto, Men's Health, 6 May 2022 But the handy periodization used by both Wall Street and journalism — focusing on the first half of the year — obscured a major shift in the stock market. Jeff Sommer, New York Times, 26 Aug. 2022 Perhaps your periodization plan isn’t quite periodized enough. Men's Health, 12 Sep. 2022 Nonlinear periodization is different in that there is less distinction between the phases of training. Jason Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 12 Nov. 2019 Rod Dixon won the 1983 NYC Marathon by focusing on periodization, recovery, balanced training, and a little beer. Amby Burfoot, Outside Online, 6 Aug. 2020 The presentation was on a concept called periodization: the chunking of history into different periods. New York Times, 13 May 2021 Hauck helps oversee the club, but his approach of periodization and developmentally appropriate skill levels doesn’t appeal to everyone. Jon Solomon, USA TODAY, 30 Jan. 2020 Without periodization and cross-training, common weight-lifting injuries, such as shoulder injuries and rotator cuff tears or sprains, can occur easily. Michael Yang,, 10 Apr. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of periodization was in 1898

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Cite this Entry

“Periodization.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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