Definition of episodic in US English:



  • 1Containing or consisting of a series of loosely connected parts or events.

    ‘an episodic narrative’
    • ‘First, they are presented as episodic, focusing on single events rather than issues and analysis.’
    • ‘The discussion of this resistance that follows is necessarily episodic, highlighting particular individuals and events.’
    • ‘Her country's epochal events form the colorful backdrop for her breathless and episodic recounting of her own journey of self-transformation.’
    • ‘Moreover, the narrative structure of short story cycles mirrors the episodic and unchronological method of oral narration.’
    • ‘It is made up of more than isolated and episodic stories.’
    • ‘The main characters are lacklustre, the jokes weak and the episodic story derivative.’
    • ‘Structurally, it works - the disjointed narrative gives it an episodic feel, but you're never left hanging, wanting to know what happens next.’
    • ‘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 a clever device which does much to overcome the slightly episodic nature of the narrative.’
    • ‘The variables coded included the dateline, main subject, story length and whether the story was episodic or thematic.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the film really doesn't have a narrative, just an episodic series of events.’
    • ‘The episodic nature of the work made it difficult to relate to the characters or to feel involved.’
    • ‘It all works in outline, but the episodic unfolding of events lacks energy.’
    • ‘Kurosawa presents his episodic tale with unmatched visual grace.’
    • ‘The progression of the story is somewhat episodic, as is characteristic of many of Dickens' tales.’
    • ‘This episodic tale, with no particular beginning or end, transfixes the reader with its trips up and down the rabbit hole of language.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Closely related to whether a story is thematic or episodic is its length.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
      • ‘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 short, they all had episodic cough, wheezing, dyspnea, and normal chest roentgenography results.’
      • ‘Many causes of abdominal pain are episodic in nature, but the episodes may be weeks to months apart.’
      • ‘The scattered and episodic nature of today's threats, however, requires much more precise and constant monitoring.’
      • ‘Major coal-forming events in the Earth's history are episodic, but only one such event has widely affected both hemispheres simultaneously.’
      • ‘Stressors may be acute, sequential, episodic, chronically intermittent, sustained, or anticipated.’
      • ‘COPD is characterized by chronic airflow obstruction and episodic increases in sputum production, cough and dyspnea.’
      • ‘This result probably reflects the short duration and self-limiting nature of the episodic tension-type headache. [Evidence level A, RCT]’
      • ‘In their most recent heavy episodic drinking event, students most often drank with friends (either from school or not) and their partner/spouse.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘All the drinking events examined in the Clapp et al. study were heavy episodic drinking events.’
      • ‘Students who reported that their last drinking event was a date were strongly protected against the event being a heavy episodic drinking event.’
      • ‘Liquid water, derived from these underground reservoirs, may exist again on the Martian surface in the future because of episodic changes in atmospheric thickness.’
      • ‘Leebaert quite rightly begins by emphasizing how episodic America's attention to foreign events has been.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Instead of focusing on stable conservatism, some emphasize episodic radicalism and periods of dramatic upheaval.’
      • ‘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.’
      intermittent, irregular, sporadic, periodic, fitful, spasmodic, occasional
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    2. 1.2 (of a television or radio program or magazine story) broadcast or published as a series of installments.
      • ‘Once you've completed the entire five episodic adventures, you can create your very own scenarios with the editing tools included.’
      • ‘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…’
      • ‘He moved into directing episodic television, winning a DGA nomination for his work on the Emmy-winning drama ER.’
      • ‘The most difficult part of episodic television, I would think, is generating reasonable motivations/keeping track of all these characters.’
      • ‘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.’