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periodical

[peer-ee-od-i-kuh l] /ˌpɪər iˈɒd ɪ kəl/
noun
1.
a magazine or other journal that is issued at regularly recurring intervals.
adjective
2.
published at regularly recurring intervals.
3.
of or pertaining to such publications.
4.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; periodic1 + -al1
Related forms
periodicalism, noun
periodicalist, noun
periodicalness, noun
nonperiodical, adjective, noun
nonperiodically, adverb
unperiodical, adjective
unperiodically, adverb
Can be confused
periodic, periodical.
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Examples from the web for periodical
  • That's one of the reason's it's my favorite periodical.
  • Reactions to these and other elements in our periodical table of contents fill this column.
  • It makes you feel more included, as opposed to reading a magazine or some other static periodical.
  • They believed that there were enough intelligent laymen to support a periodical that discussed science in depth.
  • Research that once required days in the stacks or periodical rooms of libraries can now be done in minutes.
  • The pages of our periodical criticism show the manner in which he is appreciated by the highest literary authorities.
  • The wide public acceptance of the periodical which he edited naturally brought a share of financial success to him.
  • Take whatever you read, not only in this periodical, with a grain of salt-and make that a big grain.
  • But there is no question: along with all the noise, a big emergence of periodical cicadas produces a powerful odor.
British Dictionary definitions for periodical

periodical

/ˌpɪərɪˈɒdɪkəl/
noun
1.
a publication issued at regular intervals, usually monthly or weekly
adjective
2.
of or relating to such publications
3.
published at regular intervals
4.
periodic or occasional
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Word Origin and History for periodical
adj.

c.1600, from periodic + -al (1). As a noun meaning "magazine published at regular intervals," attested from 1798. Related: Periodically.

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