- 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.
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Examples from the Web for intermittent
Internet availability was “intermittent” and other forms of communication scarce.$10,000 a Month for Ebola Fighters
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After six months of intermittent interrogations and several lie detector tests, Elahi got off the hook.Art in the Age of National Security
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September 26, 2014
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At last they died off softly, like the intermittent drops that end a day of rain.The Greater Inclination
He had intermittent periods of numbness in the lower half of his body.Southern Lights and Shadows
From within it there came a tiny hum, intermittent, almost inaudible.Slaves of Mercury
It is a kind of attention which we pay to ourselves, and is intermittent rather than continuous.Theaetetus
Jeff's face had cleared of its brooding and its intermittent scowl.The Prisoner
- occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
Word Origin and History for intermittent
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.