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
  1. adjective
    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
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    Antonyms:
    aperiodic, nonperiodic
    not recurring at regular intervals
    noncyclic
    not having repeated cycles
    nonoscillatory
    not having periodic vibrations
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  2. noun
    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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