From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44 [gcide]:
Episode \Ep"i*sode\, noun [Gr. ? a coming in besides, ? episode; ? into, besides + ? a coming in, ? into + ? way, cf. Skr. sad to go: cf. F. ['e]pisode.] (Rhet.) A separate incident, story, or action, introduced for the purpose of giving a greater variety to the events related; an incidental narrative, or digression, separable from the main subject, but naturally arising from it.
From WordNet (r) 2.0 [wn]:
From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thes]:
114 Moby Thesaurus words for "episode": action, adventure, affair, anagnorisis, angle, architectonics, architecture, argument, aside, atmosphere, background, broken thread, brokenness, bypath, byway, catastrophe, chapter, characterization, circumstance, color, complication, continuity, contrivance, denouement, departure, design, development, deviation, device, digression, disconnectedness, disconnection, discontinuance, discontinuation, discontinuity, discontinuousness, discreteness, discursion, disjunction, event, excursion, excursus, experience, fable, fact, falling action, fitfulness, gimmick, go, hap, happening, happenstance, incident, incoherence, incompleteness, infix, injection, insert, insertion, insinuation, intercalation, interjection, interlineation, interlocution, intermittence, interpolation, introduction, irregularity, line, local color, matter, matter of fact, mood, motif, movement, mythos, non sequitur, noncontinuance, nonlinearity, nonseriality, nonuniformity, obiter dictum, occasion, occurrence, parenthesis, part, particular, peripeteia, phenomenon, plan, plot, reality, recognition, remark, rising action, scene, scheme, secondary plot, side path, side remark, slant, story, structure, subject, subplot, switch, thematic development, theme, thing, tone, topic, tossing-in, turn of events, twist
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