1 occurring twice a week [syn: semiweekly]
2 occurring every two weeks [syn: fortnightly] n : a periodical that is published biweekly adv
1 twice a week; "he called home semiweekly" [syn: semiweekly]
2 every two weeks; "he visited his cousins fortnightly" [syn: fortnightly]
- bī.wēk'lē, /baɪ'wiːkli/, /baI"wi:kli/
occurring every two weeks
occurring twice a week
- Every two weeks.
- chiefly UK Twice a week (but see the Usage notes).
every two weeks
- French: toutes les deux semaines, tous les quinze jours
- Galician: cada dúas semanas, quincenal (this last one actually means every 15 days, but it could be used depending of the situation)
- German: alle zwei Wochen, zweiwöchentlich
- Italian: ogni due settimane
- Portuguese: uma vez a cada duas semanas
- Spanish: cada dos semanas, quincenal (this last one actually means every 15 days, but it could be used depending of the situation)
twice a week
Nounbiweekly (plural: biweeklies)
- Something that is published or released once every two weeks.
- The local paper is a biweekly.
something published or released once every two weeks
- In the adjective and adverb senses, the prefix bi- applies to the week rather than to the events that occur, therefore giving the sense of "every two weeks". Since the term is also used in the UK to mean "twice a week", it is ambiguous there. For the sake of clarity, it is advisable to use one of the synonyms instead.
Bi-weekly, sometimes referred to as fortnightly, is a reference to an event that occurs once every two weeks. A two week interval is equivalent to one fortnight. An example of a biweekly event would be the production of some magazines or the payday of some companies.
fort·night·ly [fawrt-nahyt-lee]adjective, adverb, noun, plural. –adjective 1.occurring or appearing once a fortnight. –adverb 2.once a fortnight. –noun 3.a periodical issued every two weeks.
There are fifty-two weeks in a year of twelve months, making for a possible 26 biweekly events in a year. This is a greater number than if such events were held twice a month, due to the fact that most months have more than four weeks (28 days). However, biweekly is often thought of incorrectly as twice a month. Twice a month is called "semimonthly," not biweekly.
According to Webster's dictionary, Bi-weekly can also be a reference to an event that occurs twice per week. Given the ambiguity and unscientific nature of this denotation, some authorities recommend avoiding the term where precision is required.
References and Notes
biweekly in Japanese: 隔週刊
annual, biannual, biennial, bimonthly, catamenial, centenary, centennial, daily, daybook, decennial, diary, diurnal, ephemeris, fortnightly, gazette, hebdomadal, hourly, journal, magazine, menstrual, momentary, momently, monthly, newsmagazine, organ, periodical, pictorial, quarterly, quotidian, review, secular, semestral, semiannual, semimonthly, semiweekly, semiyearly, serial, slick magazine, tertian, trade magazine, triennial, weekly, yearbook, yearly