in·​ter·​mit·​tence | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tən(t)s How to pronounce intermittence (audio) \

Definition of intermittence

: the quality or state of being intermittent

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There followed a good deal of halting, touchingly formal talk about harvests and the maddening intermittence of rain. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans," 17 Apr. 2018 Its apparent intermittence and the lack of a satisfactory explanation has led some to chalk it up to observer error, distortion caused by Earth’s atmosphere and/or artifacts induced by telescope optics. Wired Staff, WIRED, "Jan. 9, 1643: Astronomer Sees Ashen Light of Venus," 9 Jan. 2009

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First Known Use of intermittence

1796, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of intermittence was in 1796

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