- to discontinue temporarily; suspend.
- to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.
- to cease, stop, or break off operations for a time.
Origin of intermit
1535–45; < Latin intermittere to leave a space between, drop (for a while), leave off, equivalent to inter- inter- + mittere to send, let go
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1, 3. interrupt. 3. desist.
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Examples from the Web for intermitting
She's down with intermitting fever, and old Miss Beadles is dead and buried.Eyebright
The countenance was anxious, the pulse about 90, and intermitting irregularly.
The water is black and heavy, and subject to intermitting storms.Toilers of the Sea
The interrupter is the arrangement for intermitting the primary current.Hertzian Wave Wireless Telegraphy
John Ambrose Fleming
Mrs. Tams, intermitting her duties, stood still and gazed at Rachel.The Price of Love
- to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals
C16: from Latin intermittere to leave off, from inter- + mittere to send
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Word Origin and History for intermitting
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