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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In addition, the increasing fraction of intermittent renewable sources has promoted the use of facilities that can respond rapidly to demand and operate at lower capacity factors. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Analysis says we need to stop building fossil fuel plants now," 2 July 2019 Maybe intermittent storms are tough to predict, or a sunburn seems inevitable. Kelly Dawson, House Beautiful, "What Is a Lanai, Other Than the Key to an Endless Summer?," 2 July 2019 One study involved intermittent fasting and another only included 24 subjects. Cynthia Sass, Mph, Health.com, "What Is the Isagenix Cleanse—and Can It Help You Lose Weight?," 2 July 2019 But the intermittent nature of those sources means that electric utilities need a way to keep energy in their back pocket for when the sun is not shining and the winds are calm. Andrea Thompson, Scientific American, "Utility-Scale Energy Storage Will Enable a Renewable Grid," 1 July 2019 Family members have had intermittent communication with him over the past two years, and there are serious concerns over Aseyev’s health in prison. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The One Free Press Coalition Spotlights Journalists Under Attack," 1 July 2019 The 11th name on stage — President Trump — was a presence, but an intermittent one. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump was a distant presence in the first Democratic debate," 26 June 2019 The police video release compiles footage from the three officers who responded to the incident along with intermittent commentary from Aurora Police Chief Nick Metz. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "Family of man killed during fight with Aurora police considering lawsuit; body camera footage shows extensive fight for the first time," 25 June 2019 Longo explains the science behind intermittent fasting without being simplistic, showing how restricting food to a shorter time frame in the day helps regenerate cells. Trish Hall, latimes.com, "Reading Nook: Trish Hall roams the house, searching for the right spot," 20 June 2019

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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 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 intermittence (audio) \ noun

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