Origin of aperiodic

First recorded in 1875–80; a-6 + periodic1
Related formsa·pe·ri·od·i·cal·ly, adverba·pe·ri·o·dic·i·ty [ey-peer-ee-uh-dis-i-tee] /eɪˌpɪər i əˈdɪs ɪ ti/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for aperiodic


  1. not periodic; not occurring at regular intervals
  2. physics
    1. (of a system or instrument) being damped sufficiently to reach equilibrium without oscillation
    2. (of an oscillation or vibration) not having a regular period
    3. (of an electrical circuit) not having a measurable resonant frequency
Derived Formsaperiodically, adverbaperiodicity (ˌeɪpɪərɪəˈdɪsɪtɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for aperiodic

1874, from a- (2), privative prefix, + periodic.

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aperiodic in Medicine


  1. Not occurring periodically.
Related formsa′pe•ri•odi•cal•ly adv.a•pe′ri•o•dici•ty (-ə-dĭsĭ-tē) n.
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