periodic sentence
noun Date: circa 1928 a usually complex sentence that has no subordinate or trailing elements following its principal clause (as in “yesterday while I was walking down the street, I saw him”)

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  • periodic sentence — n. a sentence in which the essential elements, in the main clause, are withheld until the end or separated as by modifiers or subordinate clauses (Ex.: stock prices, as he had warned, had collapsed): cf. LOOSE SENTENCE …   English World dictionary

  • Periodic sentence — A periodic sentence (also called a period) is a sentence that is not grammatically complete until its end. Periodicity is accomplished by the use of parallel phrases or clauses at the opening or by the use of dependent clauses preceding the… …   Wikipedia

  • periodic sentence — noun a complex sentence in which the main clause comes last and is preceded by the subordinate clause • Hypernyms: ↑complex sentence * * * noun : a usually complex sentence in which the principal clause comes last or which has no subordinate or… …   Useful english dictionary

  • periodic sentence — /pear ee od ik, pear / a sentence that, by leaving the completion of its main clause to the end, produces an effect of suspense, as in Unable to join the others at the dance because of my sprained ankle, I went to a movie. Cf. loose sentence.… …   Universalium

  • periodic sentence — pe′ri•od′ic sen′tence [[t]ˈpɪər iˈɒd ɪk, ˌpɪər [/t]] n. gram. pro rht a sentence that, by leaving the completion of its main clause to the end, produces an effect of suspense, as in All alone in the world, without any money, he died[/ex] Compare… …   From formal English to slang

  • periodic sentence — noun A sentence whose main clause appears at its end …   Wiktionary

  • periodic sentence — /pɪəriˌɒdɪk ˈsɛntəns/ (say pearree.odik sentuhns) noun a sentence in which the completion of the main clause is left to the end, with subsidiary clauses interspersed …   Australian English dictionary

  • Sentence (linguistics) — In the field of linguistics, a sentence is an expression in natural language, and often defined to indicate a grammatical unit consisting of one or more words that generally bear minimal syntactic relation to the words that precede or follow it.… …   Wikipedia

  • Periodic — Pe ri*od ic, Periodical Pe ri*od ic*al, a. [L. periodicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. p[ e]riodique.] 1. Of or pertaining to a period or periods, or to division by periods. [1913 Webster] The periodicaltimes of all the satellites. Sir J. Herschel. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Periodic comet — Periodic Pe ri*od ic, Periodical Pe ri*od ic*al, a. [L. periodicus, Gr. ?: cf. F. p[ e]riodique.] 1. Of or pertaining to a period or periods, or to division by periods. [1913 Webster] The periodicaltimes of all the satellites. Sir J. Herschel.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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