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 But others are enticed by an underlying promise stemming from recent research, that skipping breakfast entirely may boost weight management efforts — particularly those who are attempting to lose weight by adopting intermittent fasting. Stefani Sassos, Ms, Rdn, Cso, Good Housekeeping, "Is Skipping Breakfast Bad for You? Our Nutritionist Breaks Down the Most Important Research," 10 Mar. 2021 BoJack becomes an intermittent, fond, but background presence in their lives. Adam Thirlwell, The New York Review of Books, "A Horse’s Remorse," 3 Aug. 2020 These countries become mired in crisis, unable to rejuvenate their economies and societies in light of recurring outbreaks and intermittent lockdowns. Mathew Burrows And Barry Pavel, CNN, "There will be no graceful exit from the Covid-19 pandemic," 16 Apr. 2021 Phantom and intermittent flushing can also be caused by a pitted valve seat. Fran Aliwalas, Popular Mechanics, "Master These Three Parts to Tackle Any Toilet Problem," 15 Apr. 2021 The revolution sparked intermittent fighting between clans and militias with competing claims to leadership. Cnaan Liphshiz, sun-sentinel.com, "Jewish group: Ancient synagogue in Libya being turned into Islamic center," 15 Apr. 2021 Dear Miss Manners: Through an intense elimination diet and intermittent fasting, my aunt has finally achieved a healthy weight after many years of unsuccessful dieting. Washington Post, "Miss Manners: If she won’t back up, just let her go first," 14 Apr. 2021 An unreliable generator provided intermittent electricity. Wudan Yan, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Is Undoing Field Researchers’ Oldest Assumption," 7 Apr. 2021 Upon additional groups becoming eligible for vaccines in the past, the mad dash of residents to sign up for an appointment has resulted in the site suffering intermittent outages or crashing altogether. BostonGlobe.com, "Mass. moves one step closer to normalcy, reaching major COVID-19 reopening milestones," 5 Apr. 2021

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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 17 May. 2021.

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intermittent

adjective

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 intermittent (audio) \ noun

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