intermittent

[ in-ter-mit-nt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmɪt nt /

adjective

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

1595–1605; < Latin intermittent- (stem of intermittēns) present participle of intermittere to intermit; see -ent

SYNONYMS FOR intermittent

OTHER WORDS FROM intermittent

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH intermittent

continual continuous intermittent (see usage note at continual)
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British Dictionary definitions for intermittency

intermittent
/ (ˌɪntəˈmɪtənt) /

adjective

occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic

Derived forms of intermittent

intermittence or intermittency, nounintermittently, adverb
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Medical definitions for intermittency

intermittent
[ ĭn′tər-mĭtnt ]

adj.

Stopping and starting at intervals.
Marked by intervals of complete quietude occurring between two periods of activity.

Other words from intermittent

in′ter•mittence n.
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