quasiperiodic

adjective

qua·​si·​pe·​ri·​od·​ic ˌkwā-ˌzī-ˌpir-ē-ˈä-dik How to pronounce quasiperiodic (audio)
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ˌkwä-zē-,
-sē-
: almost but not quite periodic
especially : periodic on a small scale but unpredictable at some larger scale
quasiperiodicity
ˌkwā-ˌzī-ˌpir-ē-ə-ˈdi-sə-tē How to pronounce quasiperiodic (audio)
-ˌsī-
ˌkwä-zē-
-sē-
noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web With the right cocktail of extreme heat and pressure, any remaining gaps will be filled by other atomic shapes to produce a quasiperiodic pattern that'sreminiscent of a three-dimensional mosaic. Marisa Sloan, Discover Magazine, 21 July 2021 The reasons for these quasiperiodic changes in variations are somewhat unclear. National Geographic, 26 Dec. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quasiperiodic was in 1871

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“Quasiperiodic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quasiperiodic. Accessed 1 Feb. 2023.

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