- 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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1. interrupted, sporadic.
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Examples from the Web for intermittence
Its belief is like a broken dream—an intermittence of light and shade.The War Trail
This conduit explains why the intermittence is observed in Siloam.Jerusalem Explored, Volume I--Text
The intermittence of the tumefaction serves to differentiate the swelling from abscess or morbid growth.
Intermittence and irregularity of the pulse are not exactly the same thing.
It seems that we must rather admit an intermittence, an alteration between affirmation and negation.Essay on the Creative Imagination
- occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
Word Origin and History for intermittence
c.1600, from Latin intermittentem (nominative intermittens), present participle of intermittere (see intermission). Related: Intermittently.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
- Stopping and starting at intervals.
- Marked by intervals of complete quietude occurring between two periods of activity.
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