intermittent

adjective
in·​ter·​mit·​tent | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tᵊnt How to pronounce intermittent (audio) \

Definition of intermittent

1 : coming and going at intervals : not continuous intermittent rain also : occasional intermittent trips abroad
2 of a stream or body of water : appearing and disappearing seasonally : sometimes dry

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Other Words from intermittent

intermittently adverb
raining intermittently

Examples of intermittent in a Sentence

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 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 The patient was having intermittent pains in his side. The forecast is for intermittent rain.
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Recent Examples on the Web Maintaining eye protection via glasses and intermittent mask use between bites and sips would further decrease the risk. Thomas A. Russo, The Conversation, "How to lower your coronavirus risk while eating out: Restaurant advice from an infectious disease expert," 21 May 2020 Manafort's former deputy and co-conspirator, Rick Gates, had also asked to serve the rest of his 45-day intermittent prison term in home confinement. Anchorage Daily News, "Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort released from prison to home confinement amid coronavirus fears," 13 May 2020 Doing so will allow Michigan to ramp up testing and contact tracing and eventually impose much more targeted and intermittent orders that will allow many Michiganders to return to work, Gable said. Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan GOP lawsuit against Gov. Whitmer unlikely to succeed, experts say," 7 May 2020 Data updated as of April 27, 2020 Rather than progressing from flattening to a decline, Tennessee has returned to Act Two, with cases growing, despite intermittent good days. Chris Wilson, Time, "The U.S. Has Flattened the Curve. Next Up Is 'Squashing' It — and That's Not Going Well," 28 Apr. 2020 During Round 1 of the PPP, the E-Tran system reportedly had intermittent problems as well, going down for periods of time, banks recalled. Anne Sraders, Fortune, "‘Deeply frustrated’: Tech issues and backlogs hit the SBA’s second round of PPP loans," 27 Apr. 2020 Light rain moved into the metro area from the coast Friday morning, and intermittent showers are expected through the day. oregonlive, "Portland metro Friday weather: Off-and-on rain through afternoon; high 65," 24 Apr. 2020 Gates, who was sentenced to 45 days in intermittent custody in December after cooperating with former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference, made the request on Sunday. Carlin Becker, Washington Examiner, "Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates asks to serve rest of prison sentence at home over coronavirus fears," 19 Apr. 2020 Some individuals combine intermittent fasting and carb cycling, but this is very difficult to sustain in the long-term and are considered two completely different dieting methods. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Carb Cycling, According a Registered Dietitian," 15 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of intermittent

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for intermittent

Latin intermittent-, intermittens, present participle of intermittere — see intermit

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The first known use of intermittent was in 1601

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“Intermittent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermittent. Accessed 6 Jun. 2020.

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intermittent

adjective
How to pronounce intermittent (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of intermittent

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

intermittent

adjective
in·​ter·​mit·​tent | \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tᵊnt How to pronounce intermittent (audio) \

Kids Definition of intermittent

: starting, stopping, and starting again intermittent rain

Other Words from intermittent

intermittently adverb

intermittent

adjective
in·​ter·​mit·​tent | \ ˌint-ər-ˈmit-ᵊnt How to pronounce intermittent (audio) \

Medical Definition of intermittent

: coming and going at intervals : not continuous intermittent fever

Other Words from intermittent

intermittence \ -​ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce intermittence (audio) \ noun

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