intermittent

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

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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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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There are intermittent pleasures, including Ms. Campbell, who seems ready to transition to a new career phase playing hard-hitting maternal types with Mona Lisa smiles. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Skyscraper,’ Dwayne Johnson Scales a Tower of Clichés," 11 July 2018 The work also will include intermittent sidewalk and curb and gutter replacement, surface drainage correction, sewer structure repairs as required and parkway restoration. Hank Beckman, chicagotribune.com, "La Grange approves road resurfacing to begin this summer," 10 July 2018 That’s especially true with intermittent conditions such as atrial fibrillation, Steinhubl said. Bradley J. Fikes, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Wearable heart monitor catches undiagnosed atrial fibrillation, JAMA study finds," 10 July 2018 The dealer also adjusted the front-wheel alignment and inspected the steering column, which produces an intermittent groaning sound when the driver twirls the wheel. Mike Sutton, Car and Driver, "2016 Nissan Titan XD Diesel," 15 Feb. 2018 Months later, patients can experience intermittent attacks of joint swelling and pain, usually in large joints like the knee. Andrea K. Mcdaniels, baltimoresun.com, "Ask the expert: With Lyme disease on the rise, here's how you can protect yourself," 3 July 2018 But several mountain communities complain that number is inflated — and that the electricity is intermittent. NBC News, "Puerto Rico 9 months after Hurricane Maria: Questions persist over death toll, closed schools," 17 June 2018 There are certain groups who shouldn’t try fasting, intermittent or otherwise, including women who are pregnant, trying to conceive or breastfeeding or anyone with a history of eating disorders. Jennifer Franklin, Bon Appetit, "What's Up With Intermittent Fasting, and Should We Be Doing It?," 2 June 2018 Lees began his tenure with the CSO in June 1998 but has been on intermittent leave since April 2016, said a statement from the orchestra. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Timothy Lees steps down as Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concertmaster," 13 July 2018

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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

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 \

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 \

Medical Definition of intermittent 

: coming and going at intervals : not continuous intermittent fever

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intermittence \-ᵊn(t)s \ noun

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