Simple Definition of intermittent
: starting, stopping, and starting again : not constant or steady
Examples of intermittent
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
Bronchodilators continue to play an important role in asthma treatment, especially for people who have relatively mild or intermittent attacks. —Stephen Hoffmann, Harvard Medical School Health Letter, June 1991
In the intermittent light he could make out the shape of a solitary oak tree, spreading great arms from its short tremendous trunk. —Susan Cooper, The Dark is Rising, (1973) 1999
The patient was having intermittent pains in his side.
The forecast is for intermittent rain.
Origin of intermittent
Latin intermittent-, intermittens, present participle of intermittere (see intermit)
First Known Use: 1601
INTERMITTENT Defined for Kids
Definition of intermittent
: starting, stopping, and starting again <intermittent rain>
Learn More about intermittent
Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for "intermittent" Medical Dictionary: Definition of "intermittent" Spanish Central: Translation of "intermittent" Nglish: Translation of "intermittent" for Spanish speakers Britannica English: Translation of "intermittent" for Arabic speakers Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about "intermittent"
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up intermittent? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).