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Periodical is a member of the word family period, included in the Academic Word List by Dr. Averil Coxhead, which contains the 570 most frequent word families used in academic texts from a variety of subject areas, of interest for students that learn the words most needed to study at tertiary institutions.

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Definition of the adjective periodical

What does periodical mean as an attribute of a noun?


  1. happening or recurring at regular intervals

Alternative definition of the adjective periodical


  1. See Periodic.
  2. Published at regular intervals of more than one day, especially weekly, monthly, or quarterly
  3. Of, or relating to such a publication

Definition of the noun periodical

What does periodical mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: periodicals

  1. a publication that appears at fixed intervals
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: publication = a copy of a printed work offered for distribution
    • more specific terms:
      • digest = a periodical that summarizes the news
      • pictorial = a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures
      • serial publication / serial / series = a periodical that appears at scheduled times
      • organ = a periodical that is published by a special interest group
      • number / issue = one of a series published periodically
      • journal = a periodical dedicated to a particular subject
      • review = a periodical that publishes critical essays on current affairs or literature or art

Alternative definition of the noun periodical


  1. A publication issued regularly, but less frequently than daily
  2. A publication that appears at fixed intervals
  3. Often contains the most current information in the field, on every conceivable topic, often in greater detail than other publication formats.
  4. The primary means for communication of original scholarship or creative work at the cutting edge of research in almost all fields.


  1. The periodical this person edited.
  2. The periodical published in this format during this period.

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Periodical

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Google previewHarrap's essential English Dictionary (1996)

at regular intervals, eg weekly, monthly or quarterly: The reference library has various newspapers and periodicals. c» adjective Periodical means at regular intervals or every now and then: You will need periodical check-ups for the next five ...

Google previewAn Alphabetical Subject Index and Index Encyclopaedia to Periodical Articles on Religion, 1890-1899 (1907)

by Ernest Cushing Richardson


Google previewThe Computer and Information Science and Technology Abbreviations and Acronyms Dictionary (1994)

by David W. South

(Periodical). A PennWell Publication. Lewis Publishers, Inc. Lifetree Software, Inc . Logitech, Inc. Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL). (US Department of Defense). l.OTUS. (Periodical). By Lotus Publishing Corp., a subsidiary of the Lotus ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Public Health. 2 Vol. (2008)

by Wilhelm Kirch

Synonyms Periodic medical examination; Periodical medical examination Definition Periodical health examinations are carried out as a type of follow-up health examination at regular intervals. The periodicity of these examinations should ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of the Essay (1997)

by Tracy Chevalier

others who perpetuated the stylistic and topical qualities that had made the periodical essay so important. But such essays came to readers as preformed collections in bookshops or lending libraries, rather than as segments of discourse ...

Google previewThe Encyclopaedia Britannica Or Dictionary of Arts, Sciences, and General Literature (1842)

M regular periodical vibration 15 measured by TTB evident, that however small the uantity 111 may be, it will become very considerable when ivided by EF— _B, as F and V B approach to each other; and accordingly it is observed, that when ...

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Periodical room.

Local call number: T. R. Cab 5.9
Title: Periodical room.
Creator/Contributor: Newton W. Elwell (photographer)
Genre: Photomechanical prints
Publisher: Geo. H. Polley & Co., Boston, Mass.
Date issued: 1896
Physical description: 1 photograph : photomechanical print ; 26 x 34 cm
General notes: Title and date from item.; Image in: The Boston Public Library / Photographed by N. W. Elwell, 1896, Plate XXI.
Subjects: Public libraries; Interiors; Periodicals; Columns; Boston Public Library
Collection: Trustees' Library
Series: The Boston Public Library, photographed by N. W. Elwell, 1896
Location: Boston Public Library, Rare Books Department
Rights: No known copyright restrictions.

Photo credit: Boston Public Library

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Periodical Meaning

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Quotes about Periodical

If we glance at the most important revolutions in history, we see at once that the greatest number of these originated in the periodical revolutions on the human mind. (Wilhelm von Humboldt)
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Scrabble value of P3E1R1I1O1D2I1C3A1L1

The value of this 10-letter word is 15 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of PERIODICAL

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