intermittent

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in·ter·mit·tent

adjective \ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tənt\

: starting, stopping, and starting again : not constant or steady

Full Definition of INTERMITTENT

:  coming and going at intervals :  not continuous <intermittent rain>; also :  occasional <intermittent trips abroad>
in·ter·mit·tent·ly adverb

Examples of INTERMITTENT

  1. The patient was having intermittent pains in his side.
  2. The forecast is for intermittent rain.
  3. Decades of intermittent but recurring controversies with imperial authorities, and the lodestar of the glorious Revolution, disposed Americans to continue to believe that representation existed, first and foremost, to protect the rights of their communities against the abuse of executive power. —Jack N. Rakove, Original Meanings, 1996

Origin of INTERMITTENT

Latin intermittent-, intermittens, present participle of intermittere (see intermit)
First Known Use: 1601

in·ter·mit·tent

adjective \ˌint-ər-ˈmit-ənt\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of INTERMITTENT

: coming and going at intervals : not continuous <intermittent fever>
in·ter·mit·tence \-ən(t)s\ noun

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