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Occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady.‘intermittent rain’
sporadic, irregular, fitful, spasmodic, broken, fragmentary, discontinuous, disconnected, isolated, odd, random, patchy, scatteredView synonyms
- ‘I had intermittent hot and cold flushes, uncontrollable shivers and shakes and a burning sore throat.’
- ‘Two weeks later, five rangers ascended the west face in intermittent rain and snow.’
- ‘The pain can vary in occurrence and be mild and intermittent, or more pronounced and steady.’
- ‘Power, water and other essential services are intermittent at best.’
- ‘The weather was typically hot, although there was a threat of intermittent rain throughout the day.’
- ‘As the symptoms are intermittent, and only occur in cold conditions, it is rare for the clinician to witness an attack.’
- ‘We've had intermittent contact throughout and I did see him over the summer.’
- ‘The men try to feed their families by finding intermittent work as labourers.’
- ‘His sleep was fitful and intermittent, and he soon rose from bed to go and see his son.’
- ‘The sound can be of any pitch or type, continuous or intermittent.’
- ‘I don't care if rain is patchy or scattered or intermittent or coming in from an easterly direction.’
- ‘It is often accompanied by intermittent periods of stiffness that is related to muscle guarding.’
- ‘Last year, the bollard hit the news again when it was plagued by intermittent mechanical problems and a new motor was fitted.’
- ‘Not even intermittent rain, lack of sponsorship, or a faulty sound system could stop the fun had by all.’
- ‘Today we've had intermittent heavy showers, complete with a rainbow.’
- ‘The air-conditioning system makes an intermittent but very loud noise when the engine is turned off.’
- ‘She was also warned last weekend about intermittent disruptions this week.’
- ‘Watching intermittent flashes of light floating randomly through the air is a spectacular sight.’
- ‘Despite the intermittent downpours, the punters stumped up in healthy numbers.’
- ‘Despite heavy, continuous rain and intermittent patches of fog, it would take an earthquake to stop us!’
Mid 16th century: from Latin intermittent- ‘ceasing’, from the verb intermittere (see intermit).
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