Definition of intermittent in English:

intermittent

Line breaks: inter|mit|tent
Pronunciation: /ɪntəˈmɪt(ə)nt
 
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adjective

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.
Synonyms
sporadic, irregular, fitful, spasmodic, broken, fragmentary, discontinuous, disconnected, isolated, odd, random, patchy, scattered;
on again and off again, on and off, in fits and starts;

Origin

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

Derivatives

intermittence

Pronunciation: /-t(ə)ns/
noun
More 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.

intermittency

Pronunciation: /-t(ə)nsi/
noun
More 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.

intermittently

adverb
[as submodifier]: the intermittently demented George III
More example sentences
  • Production, which has taken place intermittently up to now, will restart this week and be cranked up in early 2005.
  • It has always had a habit of intermittently refusing to play discs for no apparent reason, but it is now rejecting more discs than it is willing to play.
  • It might return to him intermittently, especially in times of stress; or it might be with him always.

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