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Dictionary Definition

quarterly adj : of or relating to or consisting of a quarter; "quarterly report" n : a periodical that is published every quarter adv
1 in diagonally opposed quarters of an escutcheon; "two coats of arms borne quarterly"
2 in three month intervals; "interest is compounded quarterly" [syn: every quarter]

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  1. Occurring once every quarter year (three months).



  1. Once every quarter year (three months).



  1. A periodical publication that appears four times per year.


  • Finnish: neljännesvuosijulkaisu

Extensive Definition

Magazines, periodicals or serials are publications, generally published on a regular schedule, containing a variety of articles, generally financed by advertising, by a purchase price, or both.


The various elements that contribute to the production of magazines vary wildly. Core elements such as publishing schedules, formats and target audiences are seemingly infinitely variable. Typically, magazines which focus primarily on current events, such as Newsweek or Entertainment Weekly, are published weekly or biweekly. Magazines with a focus on specific interests, such as Life Positive and Cat Fancy, may be published less frequently, such as monthly, bimonthly or quarterly. A magazine will usually have a date on the cover which often is later than the date it is actually published. Current magazines are generally available at bookstores and newsstands, while subscribers can receive them in the mail. Many magazines also offer a 'back issue' service for previously published editions.
Most magazines produced on a commercial scale are printed using a web offset process. The magazine is printed in sections, typically of 16 pages, which may be black-and-white, be in full colour, or use spot colour. These sections are then bound, either by stapling them within a soft cover in a process sometimes referred to as 'saddle-stitching', or by gluing them together to form a spine, a process often called 'perfect-binding'
Magazines are also published on the internet. Many magazines are available both on the internet and in hard copy, usually in different versions, though some are only available in hard copy or only via the internet: the latter are known as online magazines.
Most magazines are available in the whole of the country in which they are published, although some are distributed only in specific regions or cities. Others are available internationally, often in different editions for each country or area of the world, varying to some degree in editorial and advertising content but not entirely dissimilar


Magazines fall into two broad categories: consumer magazines and business magazines. In practice, magazines are a subset of periodicals, distinct from those periodicals produced by scientific, artistic, academic or special interest publishers which are subscription-only, more expensive, narrowly limited in circulation, and often have little or no advertising. Many business magazines are available only, or predominantly, on subscription. In some cases these subscriptions are available to any person prepared to pay; in others, free subscriptions are available to readers who meet a set of criteria established by the publisher. This practice, known as controlled circulation, is intended to guarantee to advertisers that the readership is relevant to their needs: they can assure their advertisers that most or all of their subscribers are in a position to buy the goods or services advertised. Very often the two models, of paid-for subscriptions and controlled circulation, are mixed. Advertising is also an important source of revenue for business magazines.

Other publications

Although similar to a magazine in some respects, an academic periodical featuring scholarly articles written in a more specialist register is usually called an "academic journal". Such publications typically carry little or no advertising. Articles are vetted by referees or a board of esteemed academics in the subject area.


The Gentleman's Magazine, first published in 1731, in London, is considered to have been the first general-interest magazine. Edward Cave, who edited The Gentleman's Magazine under the pen name "Sylvanus Urban", was the first to use the term "magazine" (meaning "storehouse") for a periodical.
quarterly in Arabic: مجلة
quarterly in Belarusian: Часопіс
quarterly in Belarusian (Tarashkevitsa): Часопіс
quarterly in Bosnian: Magazin
quarterly in Bulgarian: Списание
quarterly in Catalan: Revista
quarterly in Chuvash: Журнал
quarterly in Czech: Časopis
quarterly in Danish: Tidsskrift
quarterly in German: Zeitschrift
quarterly in Spanish: Revista
quarterly in Esperanto: Revuo
quarterly in Basque: Aldizkari
quarterly in Persian: مجله
quarterly in French: Magazine
quarterly in Galician: Revista
quarterly in Korean: 잡지
quarterly in Indonesian: Majalah
quarterly in Icelandic: Tímarit
quarterly in Hebrew: כתב עת
quarterly in Lithuanian: Žurnalas (spauda)
quarterly in Malay (macrolanguage): Majalah
quarterly in Dutch: Tijdschrift
quarterly in Japanese: 雑誌
quarterly in Norwegian: Tidsskrift
quarterly in Norwegian Nynorsk: Tidsskrift
quarterly in Narom: Magâsîn
quarterly in Uzbek: Jurnal
quarterly in Polish: Czasopismo
quarterly in Portuguese: Revista
quarterly in Russian: Журнал
quarterly in Simple English: Magazine
quarterly in Slovak: Časopis
quarterly in Slovenian: Revija
quarterly in Serbian: Модни часопис
quarterly in Finnish: Aikakauslehti
quarterly in Swedish: Tidskrift
quarterly in Tagalog: Magasin
quarterly in Thai: นิตยสาร
quarterly in Turkish: Dergi
quarterly in Ukrainian: Журнал
quarterly in Walloon: Rivowe
quarterly in Yiddish: מאגאזינע
quarterly in Contenese: 雜誌
quarterly in Chinese: 杂志

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