Definition of episodic in English:



  • 1Containing or consisting of a series of separate parts or events.

    ‘an episodic narrative’
    • ‘All of these characters reveal themselves to Celestine slowly, in a series of scenes that give the narrative a leisurely, episodic feel.’
    • ‘He's like James Joyce, his novels are episodic and open-ended; they go all over the place, in seven directions at once.’
    • ‘It's told in a series of episodic bursts that connect at points then disperse, flashing across a literary landscape that includes fairy tales, myths, children's stories and nineteenth century classics.’
    • ‘It all works in outline, but the episodic unfolding of events lacks energy.’
    • ‘Moreover, the narrative structure of short story cycles mirrors the episodic and unchronological method of oral narration.’
    • ‘It's a clever device which does much to overcome the slightly episodic nature of the narrative.’
    • ‘First, they are presented as episodic, focusing on single events rather than issues and analysis.’
    • ‘This episodic tale, with no particular beginning or end, transfixes the reader with its trips up and down the rabbit hole of language.’
    • ‘The main characters are lacklustre, the jokes weak and the episodic story derivative.’
    • ‘Her country's epochal events form the colorful backdrop for her breathless and episodic recounting of her own journey of self-transformation.’
    • ‘The variables coded included the dateline, main subject, story length and whether the story was episodic or thematic.’
    • ‘The discussion of this resistance that follows is necessarily episodic, highlighting particular individuals and events.’
    • ‘Kurosawa presents his episodic tale with unmatched visual grace.’
    • ‘The episodic nature of the work made it difficult to relate to the characters or to feel involved.’
    • ‘Closely related to whether a story is thematic or episodic is its length.’
    • ‘Structurally, it works - the disjointed narrative gives it an episodic feel, but you're never left hanging, wanting to know what happens next.’
    • ‘The progression of the story is somewhat episodic, as is characteristic of many of Dickens' tales.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the film really doesn't have a narrative, just an episodic series of events.’
    • ‘It is made up of more than isolated and episodic stories.’
    • ‘With its somewhat episodic storyline, Nicholas Nickleby certainly poses some difficult challenges for a filmmaker looking to conflate a seven hundred page novel into a clear visual narrative.’
    in episodes, in instalments, in sections, in parts
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    1. 1.1 Occurring occasionally and at irregular intervals.
      ‘volcanic activity is highly episodic in nature’
      • ‘Major coal-forming events in the Earth's history are episodic, but only one such event has widely affected both hemispheres simultaneously.’
      • ‘Respondents who reported drinking hard liquor at their last drinking event were almost 12 times more likely to report that the event resulted in heavy episodic drinking.’
      • ‘In their most recent heavy episodic drinking event, students most often drank with friends (either from school or not) and their partner/spouse.’
      • ‘Leebaert quite rightly begins by emphasizing how episodic America's attention to foreign events has been.’
      • ‘Liquid water, derived from these underground reservoirs, may exist again on the Martian surface in the future because of episodic changes in atmospheric thickness.’
      • ‘This result probably reflects the short duration and self-limiting nature of the episodic tension-type headache. [Evidence level A, RCT]’
      • ‘Stressors may be acute, sequential, episodic, chronically intermittent, sustained, or anticipated.’
      • ‘However, due to the episodic nature of thrombosis, interaction with components is required before onset of the clinical disorder.’
      • ‘For episodic outbursts, success often results from combining drug therapy with a careful analysis of the context and precipitants of the outburst.’
      • ‘Thrombosis risk factors predispose towards thrombosis but, due to the episodic nature of thrombosis, interaction with other components is required before onset of the clinical disorder.’
      • ‘COPD is characterized by chronic airflow obstruction and episodic increases in sputum production, cough and dyspnea.’
      • ‘All the drinking events examined in the Clapp et al. study were heavy episodic drinking events.’
      • ‘Over the full span of U.S. history, having huge armed forces has been an episodic, decidedly temporary event, but for today's Americans under the age of 70 this situation is all they have ever known.’
      • ‘Transnational problems are often episodic and sporadic and are difficult to plan for.’
      • ‘In addition to permanently acidified lakes, there are also episodic decreases in pH in dilute, but usually non-acid lakes, caused by runoff of acid snow melt in the spring.’
      • ‘The scattered and episodic nature of today's threats, however, requires much more precise and constant monitoring.’
      • ‘Students who reported that their last drinking event was a date were strongly protected against the event being a heavy episodic drinking event.’
      • ‘Instead of focusing on stable conservatism, some emphasize episodic radicalism and periods of dramatic upheaval.’
      • ‘Many causes of abdominal pain are episodic in nature, but the episodes may be weeks to months apart.’
      • ‘In short, they all had episodic cough, wheezing, dyspnea, and normal chest roentgenography results.’
      intermittent, irregular, sporadic, periodic, fitful, spasmodic, occasional
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  • 2(of a programme or story) broadcast or published as a series of instalments.

    ‘episodic television is a difficult medium to write for’
    • ‘He moved into directing episodic television, winning a DGA nomination for his work on the Emmy-winning drama ER.’
    • ‘Once you've completed the entire five episodic adventures, you can create your very own scenarios with the editing tools included.’
    • ‘One reason it's too early to make a real assessment is because it's clear the writers have just given up making episodic television.’
    • ‘The most difficult part of episodic television, I would think, is generating reasonable motivations/keeping track of all these characters.’
    • ‘The show is crafted as a visual novel; most of episodic television, even when its very good, is crafted as a series of short stories…’