Episode vs Topic - What's the difference?

episode | topic |

As nouns the difference between episode and topic

is that episode is episode (all meanings) while topic is subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.

As an adjective topic is




(en noun)
  • An incident or action standing out by itself, but more or less connected with a complete series of events.
  • :
  • * {{quote-book, year=1935, author=
  • , chapter=10/6, title= The Norwich Victims , passage=The Attorney-General, however, had used this episode , which Martin in retrospect had felt to be a blot on the scutcheon, merely to emphasise the intelligence and resource of the prisoner.}}
  • An installment of a drama told in parts, as in a TV series.
  • :
  • *{{quote-news, year=2012, date=May 20, author=Nathan Rabin
  • , title= TV: Review: THE SIMPSONS (CLASSIC): “Marge Gets A Job” (season 4, episode 7; originally aired 11/05/1992) , work=The Onion AV Club , passage=We all know how genius “Kamp Krusty,” “A Streetcar Named Marge,” “Homer The Heretic,” “Itchy & Scratchy: The Movie” and “Mr. Plow” are, but even the relatively unheralded episodes offer wall-to-wall laughs and some of the smartest, darkest, and weirdest gags ever Trojan-horsed into a network cartoon with a massive family audience.}}

    Derived terms

    * episodic * episodical



    (wikipedia topic)

    Alternative forms

    * topick (obsolete)


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  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • Subject; theme; a category or general area of interest.
  • *{{quote-magazine, date=2013-08-03, volume=408, issue=8847, magazine=(The Economist)
  • , title= The machine of a new soul , passage=The yawning gap in neuroscientists’ understanding of their topic is in the intermediate scale of the brain’s anatomy. Science has a passable knowledge of how individual nerve cells, known as neurons, work. It also knows which visible lobes and ganglia of the brain do what. But how the neurons are organised in these lobes and ganglia remains obscure. Yet this is the level of organisation that does the actual thinking—and is, presumably, the seat of consciousness.}}
  • (Internet) Discussion thread.
  • (obsolete) An argument or reason.
  • * Bishop Wilkins
  • contumacious persons, who are not to be fixed by any principles, whom no topics can work upon
  • (obsolete, medicine) An external local application or remedy, such as a plaster, a blister, etc.
  • (Wiseman)


    * subject

    Derived terms

    * topical * subtopic * off-topic * topic map


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