[ in-ter-mit-nt ]
/ ˌɪn tərˈmɪt nt /


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.

Nearby words

  1. intermingle,
  2. intermission,
  3. intermissive,
  4. intermit,
  5. intermittence,
  6. intermittent acute porphyria,
  7. intermittent claudication,
  8. intermittent cramp,
  9. intermittent current,
  10. intermittent explosive disorder

Origin of intermittent

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

Related forms
Can be confusedcontinual continuous intermittent (see usage note at continual) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for intermittently


/ (ˌɪntəˈmɪtənt) /


occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
Derived Formsintermittence or intermittency, nounintermittently, adverb

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Medicine definitions for intermittently


[ ĭn′tər-mĭtnt ]


Stopping and starting at intervals.
Marked by intervals of complete quietude occurring between two periods of activity.
Related formsin′ter•mittence n.

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