Definition of intermittent in English:

intermittent

adjective

  • Occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady.

    ‘intermittent rain’
    • ‘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!’
    sporadic, irregular, fitful, spasmodic, broken, fragmentary, discontinuous, disconnected, isolated, odd, random, patchy, scattered
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

intermittent

/ɪntəˈmɪt(ə)nt/