intermittent

adjective

in·​ter·​mit·​tent ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tᵊnt How to pronounce intermittent (audio)
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
intermittently adverb
raining intermittently

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Example Sentences

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 Healthy microbiome shifts aren’t the only possible benefits that researchers have linked to intermittent fasting. Markham Heid, Time, 23 Sep. 2022 Like the big breakfast strategy, the relationship between intermittent fasting and weight loss is complicated. Aria Bendix, NBC News, 10 Sep. 2022 Working with a nutritionist, Fieri adopted a diet free of most carbs and meat and practices intermittent fasting. Ana Calderone, Peoplemag, 7 Sep. 2022 Showers should become more intermittent after 2 or 3 p.m. (except for Southern Maryland) as skies remain mostly cloudy. Molly Robey, Washington Post, 11 Sep. 2022 The market action suggests traders were already bracing for increasingly intermittent gas supplies from Russia, and that high storage levels make a worst-case scenario, of government enforced rationing, less likely than feared in June. Joe Wallace, WSJ, 9 Sep. 2022 Chinese factories were shuttered again in late August, a frequent occurrence in a country that has imposed intermittent lockdowns to fight the coronavirus. Keith Bradsher, BostonGlobe.com, 9 Sep. 2022 Elizabeth’s reign was marked by rocky periods of intermittent violence abroad, including Britain’s botched attempt to gain control of the Suez Canal in 1956 and the Falklands War, a ten-week-long battle with Argentina in 1982. Nora Mcgreevy, Smithsonian Magazine, 8 Sep. 2022 All conversations with the Voyagers are faint, intermittent and slow. Sumeet Kulkarni, Los Angeles Times, 3 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of intermittent was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Intermittent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/intermittent. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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Kids Definition

intermittent

adjective

in·​ter·​mit·​tent ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tᵊnt How to pronounce intermittent (audio)
: starting, stopping, and starting again
intermittent rain
intermittently adverb

Medical Definition

intermittent

adjective

in·​ter·​mit·​tent ˌint-ər-ˈmit-ᵊnt How to pronounce intermittent (audio)
: coming and going at intervals : not continuous
intermittent fever

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