Definition of intermittent in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈmitnt/


Occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady: intermittent rain
More example sentences
  • Despite heavy, continuous rain and intermittent patches of fog, it would take an earthquake to stop us!
  • I don't care if rain is patchy or scattered or intermittent or coming in from an easterly direction.
  • The sound can be of any pitch or type, continuous or intermittent.
sporadic, irregular, fitful, spasmodic, broken, fragmentary, discontinuous, isolated, random, patchy, scattered;
occasional, infrequent, periodic, episodic, recurring, recurrent, on and off
informal herky-jerky



Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈmitns/
Pronunciation: /ˌin(t)ərˈmid(ə)ns/
Example sentences
  • In studying women's earnings, it is crucial to consider the aspect of interruption or intermittence of the work experience commonly observed for women.
  • When is intermittence a feature of the technology itself, and when is it an aspect of user practices?
  • A run like this, without favourable intermittences, is extremely rare but always possible.


Example sentences
  • If the intermittency we see now continues, we're going to lose this fish.
  • It's now been five days or so since Telecom's DSL service began suffering from extensive intermittency and, at times, total outages.
  • Probabilistic transitions are used to model the stochastic behavior of components, such as failure and intermittency.


Mid 16th century: from Latin intermittent- 'ceasing', from the verb intermittere (see intermit).

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Syllabification: in·ter·mit·tent

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