- The definition of intermittent is something that starts and stops or happens irregularly.
An example of intermittent is occasional thunder during a rainstorm.
Origin of intermittentClassical Latin intermittens, present participle of intermittere: see intermit
- Stopping and starting at intervals. See Synonyms at periodic.
- Alternately containing and empty of water: an intermittent lake.
(comparative more intermittent, superlative most intermittent)
- Stopping and starting at intervals; coming after a particular time span; not steady or constant
- The day was cloudy with intermittent rain.
- Intermittent bugs are most difficult to reproduce.
- (specifically, geology, of a body of water) Existing only for certain seasons; that is, being dry for part of the year.
- The area has many intermittent lakes and streams.