Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Relating to or resembling an episode.
  • adj. Composed of a series of episodes: an episodic novel.
  • adj. Limited to the duration of an episode; temporary.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. relating to an episode
  • adj. sporadic, happening infrequently and irregularly
  • adj. made up a sequence of seemingly unconnected episodes

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to an episode; adventitious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or of the character of an episode; contained in an episode or digression. Also, sometimes, episodal, episodial.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. of writing or narration; divided into or composed of episodes
  • adj. occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals
  • adj. limited in duration to a single episode

Etymologies

episode +‎ -ic. Compare French épisodique. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The condition is characterized by episodic and reversible attacks of wheezing, chest tightness, shortness of breath and coughing.

    Asthma Rates Climb for Children, Adults

  • Did you know that this review is version - only the "working prototype", an original demo version of the first episode (yes, again episodic) Dino D-Day, whose output is in Steam is scheduled for early 2010-th year.

    Dino D-Day mod for Half-Life 2 - Mod DB

  • As the voicemail tapes scandal broke in episodic bursts this summer it was widely reported that Mel Gibson had contacted Britney for counsel during his worst crisis since the one before.

    Danny Dyer's revealed he was pals with Pinter. An odd couple, but look at these

  • It features three cute cartoon teens, looking fresh off the desk of a South Park animator, who riff on the world of entertainment in episodic video bits, blog, and send personal responses to reader e-mail.

    TechCrunch50: Ashton Kutcher Blabs About the Blah Girls - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com

  • Leon Edel apparently recounts the saga in episodic form following his nine characters from childhood into middle age and I'll be intrigued to see if this shines a new light (but as it's 1979 actually an old light) on what he describes as 'nine characters in search of an author.'

    Bookhound finds...

  • Here some of our finest writers -- in episodic, anecdotal, meditative pieces -- consider the changes in a place that never seems to change, catalogue the secrets of a place it takes a while to discover and yet is never fully known.

    Stumps

  • Regarding nuclear power - while it is slightly outside the SF realm, you might find my site interesting, as it provides a novel in episodic form which looks at the US nuclear industry and the response to an accident.

    SF Tidbits for 12/1/06

  • I mean I like your word episodic and that's, I mean I haven't used that word before on a - in an earnings call.

    SeekingAlpha.com: Home Page

  • These theories posit that, after a learning experience, long-term episodic and declarative memories become gradually independent of hippocampal storage because this structure would repeatedly retrieve stored associative information over time and thereby orchestrate consolidation of memory traces in the neocortex and other target sites.

    PLoS Biology: New Articles

  • That a novel might be "episodic" -- even through mimicking the tv episode -- does not mean it can't be "realistic" in the conventional sense of the term.

    Realism in Fiction

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