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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web Along with daily workouts and a much lighter diet, Harbour also used intermittent fasting to help take off pounds. Erik Kain, Forbes, 25 July 2022 On the nutrition side, Harbour began intermittent fasting. Philip Ellis, Men's Health, 23 July 2022 Tech execs from Phil Libin (former CEO of Evernote) to Daniel Gross (partner at Y Combinator) prostrated themselves at the shrine of intermittent fasting. Manvir Singh, Wired, 14 July 2022 Utahns who practice intermittent fasting — as prescribed by Latter-day Saints — have potentially been unknowingly lowering their risk of suffering severe effects from COVID-19 infection. Scott D. Pierce, The Salt Lake Tribune, 6 July 2022 Bower said the city hopes to reopen the road permanently after the intermittent closures next week. Megan Pacer, Anchorage Daily News, 25 May 2022 Falling ice has plagued the bridge recently causing intermittent closures during the past week. Tanya Wildt, Detroit Free Press, 3 Apr. 2022 Other former assistants have tasted only intermittent success or fallen short of expectations entirely. Paul Myerberg, USA TODAY, 20 Mar. 2022 Pat Echeverria was hired at his alma mater of Pike High School three years ago with the intention of turning around a program that had enjoyed only intermittent success on the field since joining the Metropolitan Interscholastic Conference in 2013. Kyle Neddenriep, The Indianapolis Star, 24 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Intermittent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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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


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 intermittent (audio) \ noun

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