- 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 intermittingly
If the bead is nearly saturated with the cadmium oxide, it appears milk-white when intermittingly heated.
Mankind soon lost connection with the spiritual dynamo of revitalization—except most intermittingly.Old Times in Dixie Land
Caroline E. Merrick
- 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 intermittingly
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