intermittent

adjective in·ter·mit·tent \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tᵊnt \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

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

intermittently

adverb
    • raining intermittently

Examples of intermittent in a Sentence

  1. In the intermittent light he could make out the shape of a solitary oak tree, spreading great arms from its short tremendous trunk. —Susan CooperThe Dark is Rising(1973) 1999
  2. 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. RakoveOriginal Meanings1996
  3. Bronchodilators continue to play an important role in asthma treatment, especially for people who have relatively mild or intermittent attacks. —Stephen HoffmannHarvard Medical School Health LetterJune 1991
  4. The patient was having intermittent pains in his side.

  5. The forecast is for intermittent rain.

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Origin and Etymology of intermittent

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


INTERMITTENT Defined for English Language Learners

intermittent

adjective

Definition of intermittent for English Language Learners

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


INTERMITTENT Defined for Kids

intermittent

adjective in·ter·mit·tent \ ˌin-tər-ˈmi-tᵊnt \

Definition of intermittent for Students

: starting, stopping, and starting again
  • intermittent rain

intermittently

adverb

Medical Dictionary

intermittent

adjective in·ter·mit·tent \ ˌint-ər-ˈmit-ᵊnt \

medical Definition of intermittent

: coming and going at intervals : not continuous
  • intermittent fever

intermittence

play \-ᵊn(t)s\ noun


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