at occasional or uneven intervals: This species of flounder spawns mainly during the summer and early fall, but may spawn intermittently throughout the year. In this parched landscape, water flows intermittently, with lakes and streams forming in the wet season and disappearing in the dry season.
- non·in·ter·mit·tent·ly, adverb
- un·in·ter·mit·tent·ly, adverb
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How to use intermittently in a sentence
McCann isn’t trying to sell wings, he’s trying to convert Pluckers into a fixture of the ambient internet — one of those accounts that’s intermittently retweeted into American life, even if the nearest location is three states away.
Showers are forecast to continue Friday, as well, and linger intermittently over the weekend.The Masters in 2020 will be unlike any other. Here’s what you need to know. | Matt Bonesteel | November 9, 2020 | Washington Post
Daniels’s funny, evocative vocal choices are a highlight of the brisk, often funny but intermittently flat audio play, streaming free on Studio’s website.Audio adaptation of Beltway drama ‘Kings’ tantalizes but ultimately falls flat without a stage | Celia Wren | November 5, 2020 | Washington Post
Further, volunteer networks of influencer messaging are under no restrictions so long as they only volunteer intermittently, according to the FEC.Five ways political groups are getting around ad bans | Tate Ryan-Mosley | November 3, 2020 | MIT Technology Review
For Earth observations, sensors could sweep through a forest intermittently but not be continuously broadcast.To Boldly Go Where No Internet Protocol Has Gone Before | Susan D'Agostino | October 21, 2020 | Quanta Magazine
Since Boyhood was shot intermittently over 12 years, did you have a good grasp over the quality of your performance?Patricia Arquette Uncut: Drunken Mischief with Johnny Depp, ‘True Romance’ Crush, and ‘Boyhood’ | Marlow Stern | July 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
In the meantime, the tribe intermittently dances around her—butts shaking and hands in the air, shimmying away the dark thoughts.
This went on for about five minutes intermittently, as I dealt with other officers inquiring about my job and ID.Egypt’s Government Thugs Beat Me Up at the Rabaa Sit-In | Mike Giglio | August 14, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
Self-immolation has been around for centuries, having been intermittently practiced by protesting monks in the East.Tibet, Persecution, and Marital Shame: Why People Burn Themselves to Death | Kent Sepkowitz | December 12, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
Since the spring of 2010, the financial world has been intermittently paralyzed by euro fear.Mario Draghi May Become the Man Who Saved Europe—and the World | Zachary Karabell | September 7, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
I have placed in the above list several flowers that are intermittently fragrant, like the hepatica, or liver-leaf.A Year in the Fields | John Burroughs
Thunder is heard intermittently, and from time to time the windows are shaken by the violence of the wind.The Saxons | Edwin Davies Schoonmaker
Hostilities continued intermittently until John of Castile died, without leaving issue by Beatrice, in 1390.
They had lain down on the platform near the iron railing which encompassed it, and Branasko was dozing intermittently.The Land of the Changing Sun | William N. Harben
It uplifts its voice about two hours before sunset and continues calling intermittently until some time after sunrise.A Bird Calendar for Northern India | Douglas Dewar