periodical

If your weekend ritual includes reading the Sunday paper from front to back and then comparing stories in the latest celebrity gossip magazines, you appreciate periodicals, publications that come out on a regular basis.

The word periodical is related to period, as in a certain length of time. Periodicals are published with regular lengths of time between issues and are described by that length of time, whether it's daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, or annual. They may be meant for a general audience like the ones you find on the magazine stand in the airport, or they may be more specialized for readers with specific interests, such as The Journal of the Society for Penguin Appreciation or Window Washer Gazette.

Definitions of periodical
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adj happening or recurring at regular intervals

Synonyms:
periodic
cyclic
marked by repeated cycles
oscillating, oscillatory
having periodic vibrations
diurnal
having a daily cycle or occurring every day
daily, day-after-day, day-by-day, day-to-day
of or belonging to or occurring every day
nightly
happening every night
hebdomadal, hebdomadary, weekly
of or occurring every seven days
biweekly, semiweekly
occurring twice a week
hourly
occurring every hour or payable by the hour
half-hourly
occurring ever half hour
biweekly, fortnightly
occurring every two weeks
annual, yearly
occurring or payable every year
biannual, biyearly, half-yearly, semiannual
occurring or payable twice each year
biennial, biyearly
occurring every second year
triennial
occurring every third year or lasting 3 years
monthly
of or occurring or payable every month
bimestrial, bimonthly
occurring every two months
bimonthly, semimonthly
occurring twice a month
semestral, semestrial
occurring every six months or during every period of six months
midweekly
occurring during the middle of the week
Antonyms:
aperiodic, nonperiodic
not recurring at regular intervals
noncyclic
not having repeated cycles
nonoscillatory
not having periodic vibrations
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n a publication that appears at fixed intervals

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digest
a periodical that summarizes the news
pictorial
a periodical (magazine or newspaper) containing many pictures
serial, serial publication, series
a periodical that appears at scheduled times
organ
a periodical that is published by a special interest group
issue, number
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
semiweekly
a periodical that is published twice each week (or 104 issues per year)
weekly
a periodical that is published every week (or 52 issues per year)
semimonthly
a periodical that is published twice each month (or 24 issues per year)
monthly
a periodical that is published every month (or 12 issues per year)
quarterly
a periodical that is published every quarter (or four issues per year)
bimonthly
a periodical that is published twice a month or every two months (either 24 or 6 issues per year)
biweekly
a periodical that is published twice a week or every two weeks (either 104 or 26 issues per year)
house organ
a periodical published by a business firm for its employees and customers
edition
an issue of a newspaper
annals
reports of the work of a society or learned body etc
literary review
a review devoted to literary criticism
Type of:
publication
a copy of a printed work offered for distribution

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