Definition of periodical in English:



  • A magazine or newspaper published at regular intervals.

    • ‘The two have carefully tracked the coming and going of feminist periodicals.’
    • ‘Her work has been widely published in literary periodicals (print and online) in Australia and overseas.’
    • ‘Each year between 1945 and 1985 saw the establishment of at least one periodical devoted to war and the military.’
    • ‘Several vegetarian periodicals are available, and the following books can be acquired through most booksellers.’
    • ‘The convention will publish periodicals and establish a Web site to promote distant and Internet educational programs.’
    • ‘However, journals are inherently inferior to daily or weekly periodicals in covering fast-moving events.’
    • ‘While in prison, he has written five books of poetry and has contributed to several periodicals.’
    • ‘In the late 90's I started writing poetry that was published in various periodicals.’
    • ‘Under the Act, newspapers, magazines and periodicals are exempt from the need to be qualified to give advice.’
    • ‘He writes for various British periodicals and appears on BBC Radio and Television, dispensing advice on gardening.’
    • ‘She has published scholarly articles as well as stories, personal essays, and poems in numerous periodicals.’
    • ‘She has written sun sign columns for a number of magazines and websites and has articles published in numerous astrological periodicals all over the world.’
    • ‘His articles on music have been published in many periodicals.’
    • ‘The periodical article system of transmitting new knowledge has worked remarkably well for two centuries or more.’
    • ‘British weekly literary periodicals remained of high quality.’
    • ‘Independent feminist periodicals, publishers, and booksellers are rapidly being driven out of existence.’
    • ‘Well, they don't appear to be reading any more periodicals.’
    • ‘He has a diploma in journalism and has published several features, stories and poetry in magazines and periodicals.’
    • ‘Prisoners must be allowed access to books, newspapers and periodicals of their choice.’
    • ‘While they were self-taught, they read professional periodicals and kept abreast of the latest advances in the field.’
    • ‘Thomas Pringle went to South Africa in 1820, where he edited two periodicals.’
    journal, publication, magazine, newspaper, paper, review, digest, gazette, newsletter, organ, serial, annual, quarterly, monthly, bimonthly, fortnightly, weekly, biweekly
    mag, book, glossy
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  • 1[attributive] Occurring or appearing at intervals; occasional.

    ‘she took periodical gulps of her tea’
    • ‘Canada has had periodical reminders of these disturbing social problems over the last several years and a lot of money has been spent in attempts to stem the loss of life.’
    • ‘They hope to hold periodical clean-ups in the town, and they are appealing for continued, and increased community involvement.’
    • ‘I have found from experience that without periodical interaction, activists cannot render service to victims of human rights violation.’
    • ‘Hence social welfare organisations have begun reaching up to the doorsteps, especially of the rural poor, to highlight the importance of periodical health care.’
    • ‘But the democratic process leaves it open to the citizens as a whole, in periodical elections, to bless or oppose the plans or decisions of particular parties or groups or clans of politicians.’
    • ‘The periodical announcement over the public address system about the services available brings more people here.’
    • ‘The periodical drizzle during the afternoon did not deter the spirits of anyone in any way.’
    • ‘Court jurisdiction to award periodical payments was severely curtailed, although not abolished.’
    • ‘The book contains a list of food items suitable for diabetic patients, routine exercises, diet control measures and details of periodical check-ups.’
    • ‘It is curious to see the periodical disuse and perishing of means and machinery, which were introduced with loud laudation a few years or centuries before.’
    • ‘So there was no procedure at the tribunal at all, just periodical letters saying, ‘We are now still continuing’; the tribunal accepted that, as they would.’
    • ‘There should be a social law ensuring protection to aged parents from their children with provision for periodical surveillance in the event of its breach.’
    • ‘I got about 25 pregnant patients today, some of them very young, as part of periodical examination procedures which also involve a bit of boring paperwork.’
    • ‘The present situation, of periodical outbursts in the press, is an inadequate way of fostering good relationships with the Asian community and does not encourage change and communal harmony.’
    • ‘The quantification of periodical payments is more of an art than a science.’
    • ‘A methodical and periodical assessment of the scholastic ability of students is more important than judging them by just one examination.’
    • ‘The proles, normally apathetic about the war, were being lashed into one of their periodical frenzies of patriotism.’
    • ‘Again, in German-speaking countries the periodical publication of printed papers began quite early.’
    • ‘I'm also looking forward to being in Dublin for Easter when I'll make my periodical pilgrimage to the Gallery of Photography.’
    • ‘At periodical intervals, the network returns the data to a central control room by cellular phone, satellite, or a conventional telephone circuit.’
    regular, at fixed intervals, recurrent, recurring, repeated, cyclical, cyclic, seasonal
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    1. 1.1(of a magazine or newspaper) published at regular intervals.
      ‘a periodical newsletter’
      • ‘In addition, there are other sources of business history recorded in corporate museums, at corporate websites, and in occasional periodical articles.’
      • ‘In response to a recommendation of the Calcutt Committee made in 1990, the press set up in 1991 the Commission and it was charged with upholding and enforcing the code, which was framed by the newspaper and the periodical industry.’
      • ‘Particularly useful is the preface, which gives a snappy account of the periodical publishing history of aviation.’
      • ‘This integration gap is also revealed in the published periodical literature.’
      • ‘I found few periodical publications that addressed the needs and education of fathers.’
      • ‘It is the periodical publication of the professional society of newspaper editorial writers.’
      • ‘The press, and even the periodical press, were expected to break the power of entrenched error.’
      • ‘The Web has created an interesting and sometimes awkward situation for periodical publishers offering both print and online versions of their articles.’
      • ‘I wonder whether it might have been better to publish these reviews in the periodical biomedical literature as a supplement to an established journal, so that they could more certainly find their way into libraries and indices.’
      • ‘The forum she chose for this mediation was the popular periodical press.’
      • ‘Labour history prospers and has a healthy specialist periodical literature.’
      • ‘The problem with periodical publishing today is redundancy.’
      • ‘He said that one of the useful activities that the association could think of was to publish periodical newsletters, which would give opportunities to alumni to write about their experiences.’
      • ‘Indeed, most of the Founding Fathers thought the circulation of ideas, information, opinion, expertise and argument in periodical form would help the new nation discover its identity.’
      • ‘This magazine is still going strong today; you can easily find it in any bookshop or even in some of the magazine and periodical stands on the street.’
      • ‘One of his first exhibitions was of Bauhaus work, including type, book and periodical design, and later exhibits expanded to include documents of Dada, Futurism, and Surrealism.’
      • ‘I'm going to talk mostly about the so-called mass media, particularly periodical and book publishing.’
      • ‘To develop in-depth expertise, the reader certainly would have to turn to unpublished material and periodical literature.’
      • ‘If the contents of bookshops and periodical stands were restricted to material of which their proprietors had made an inspection, they might be depleted indeed.’
      • ‘The emerging field of biometrics has produced a large number of short, mostly informative Web, newspaper, and periodical sources, but only a few book-length examinations.’