- stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
- alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.
- (of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent; showing water only part of the time.
Origin of intermittent
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Examples from the Web for intermittently
This went on for about five minutes intermittently, as I dealt with other officers inquiring about my job and ID.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In
August 14, 2013
Self-immolation has been around for centuries, having been intermittently practiced by protesting monks in the East.Tibet, Persecution, and Marital Shame: Why People Burn Themselves to Death
December 12, 2012
Since the spring of 2010, the financial world has been intermittently paralyzed by euro fear.Mario Draghi May Become the Man Who Saved Europe—and the World
September 7, 2012
He usually works on building sites but has found jobs only intermittently since last year.Greece’s Homelessness Spike
February 1, 2012
As Osborne spoke, Roubini sat and listened, intermittently nodding his head and crossing and uncrossing his arms across his chest.Meet Britain's Austerity Chief
December 17, 2010
Intermittently the voices came to us, though we could make out no words.The Pirate of Panama
William MacLeod Raine
Intermittently, of course, a few experiments with flour paste!Peace on Earth, Good-will to Dogs
Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
Shadow vanished and reappeared, intermittently, like a flashing light.Rebels of the Red Planet
Charles Louis Fontenay
Mankind has struggled with it intermittently since civilization began.Little Lost Sister
Cissy was worse, and only intermittently conscious, but had asked to see him.Under the Redwoods
- occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
Word Origin and History for intermittently
c.1600, from Latin intermittentem (nominative intermittens), present participle of intermittere (see intermission). Related: Intermittently.
- Stopping and starting at intervals.
- Marked by intervals of complete quietude occurring between two periods of activity.