- recurring at intervals of time: periodic revivals of an interest in handicrafts.
- occurring or appearing at regular intervals: periodic visits by doctors to the village.
- repeated at irregular intervals; intermittent: periodic outbreaks of the disease.
- Physics. recurring at equal intervals of time.
- Mathematics. (of a function) having a graph that repeats after a fixed interval (period) of the independent variable.
- characterized by a series of successive circuits or revolutions, as the motion of a planet or satellite.
- of or relating to a period, as of the revolution of a heavenly body.
- pertaining to or characterized by rhetorical periods, or periodic sentences.
Origin of periodic1
- of or derived from a periodic acid.
Origin of periodic2
Related Words for periodicyearly, recurrent, intermittent, annual, occasional, repeated, regular, routine, sporadic, seasonal, monthly, recurring, weekly, periodical, alternate, cyclical, daily, infrequent, perennial, rhythmic
Examples from the Web for periodic
Contemporary Examples of periodic
The periodic agony that accompanies sickle cell was joined by the torment of persistent eye infections and repeated surgeries.Killed by Donald Sterling’s Racism
May 14, 2014
And even now that ISIS has retreated from the area, it is still subject to periodic attacks from the Assad regime.Millions of Refugees from Syria’s War Are Clinging to Life In Toxic Conditions
April 14, 2014
And when you review the periodic table, take special note of Tungsten, or Wolfram.How I Write: Doug Dorst
February 26, 2014
Conditioning the Fed to react less to periodic market tantrums will take a strong will.Janet Yellen Succeeds in the Senate Without Really Trying
November 14, 2013
There were periodic beatings where the guards would enter with canes.A Syrian Soldier on Being Arrested for Refusing to Shoot Civilians
September 5, 2013
Historical Examples of periodic
The periodic or compensating errors of the planets is another instance.Essays, First Series
Ralph Waldo Emerson
But what was his surprise to observe that these alterations were not of an annually periodic character.
The periodic time of the moon is the interval required for one circuit of its orbit.
His hopes for the best had been but periodic interruptions to a chronic fear of the worst.A Pair of Blue Eyes
Juno was to at once begin her first contribution to periodic literature.
- happening or recurring at intervals; intermittent
- of, relating to, or resembling a period
- having or occurring in repeated periods or cycles
Word Origin and History for periodic
1640s, from French périodique (14c.), from Latin periodicus, from periodus (see period).
Periodic table in chemistry (1889) is from notion of the arrangement, in which similar properties recur at intervals in elements in the same area as you read down the rows of the table. This sense of the word is attested from 1872 (periodic law).
- Having or marked by repeated cycles.
- Recurring at regular intervals.