(of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional: sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease.
isolated, as a single instance of something; being or occurring apart from others.
occurring singly or widely apart in locality: the sporadic growth of plants.
- Sometimes spo·rad·i·cal .
- spo·rad·i·cal·ly, adverb
- spo·rad·i·cal·ness, noun
- spo·ra·dic·i·ty [spawr-uh-dis-i-tee], /ˌspɔr əˈdɪs ɪ ti/, spo·ra·dism, noun
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How to use sporadic in a sentence
Also, heat consistency can be a bit sporadic depending on the temperature outside.Best hand warmers: Block the chill during your favorite winter activities | PopSci Commerce Team | February 10, 2021 | Popular-Science
Orders are sporadic — sometimes four or five come in one night, sometimes just one per week.Restaurants Avoiding Big Delivery Apps Have to Get Creative | Kristen Hawley | February 1, 2021 | Eater
Dating during the pandemic has been pretty sporadic for him, too.Date Lab update: Neither had planned to go on their setup. Today, they’re both still playing it by ear. | Maureen O'Connor | December 10, 2020 | Washington Post
Looking up Spector’s bylined stories over the decades that mention Fauci, one finds that the pattern of their contact appears more sporadic than this book and its marketing material suggest.Familiar Fauci anecdotes, told with a Brooklyn accent | Amy Goldstein | October 30, 2020 | Washington Post
There have only been sporadic instances of outdoor transmission.What You Need to Know About Wearing a Face Mask Outside | Joe Lindsey | September 30, 2020 | Outside Online
This is where the sporadic and hectic handling of the romance in the movies fails.Team Peeta or Team Gale: Why the ‘Hunger Games’ Love Triangle Ruins ‘Mockingjay – Part 1’ | Kevin Fallon | November 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The chanting—so much a part of protests here for the past 100-plus days—was sporadic through Monday night.
I left Lebanon in June 2012, but we kept in sporadic touch via Facebook.
sporadic riots and fires did break out later during the festival.
Since then there have been a few sporadic accounts of what happened.How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked | Christine van den Toorn | August 17, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Then a silence ensued, broken at first by sporadic and staccato remarks, then becoming as dense as the silences of the night.Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
Then sporadic rumours began to creep about, and the atmosphere became charged.Forging the Blades | Bertram Mitford
In the Third Culture Epoch there was found “copper, with sporadic appearance of low percentage of tin.”The New Stone Age in Northern Europe | John M. Tyler
Three times the old blood-feud had broken into sporadic outbursts, and three men had been shot.The Code of the Mountains | Charles Neville Buck
The other two are genuinely new creations, if we except certain sporadic beginnings that occur in the transitional culture.Elements of Folk Psychology | Wilhelm Wundt
British Dictionary definitions for sporadic
occurring at irregular points in time; intermittent: sporadic firing
scattered; isolated: a sporadic disease
- sporadically, adverb
- sporadicalness, noun
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