Intermittent meaning

ĭntər-mĭtnt
The definition of intermittent is something that starts and stops or happens irregularly.

An example of intermittent is occasional thunder during a rainstorm.

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Alternately containing and empty of water.

An intermittent lake.

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Stopping and starting at intervals; pausing from time to time; periodic.
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Stopping and starting at intervals.
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(medicine, dated) An intermittent fever or disease.

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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.

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(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.

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Origin of intermittent

  • From Middle French intermittent, from Latin intermittens (“sending between”), from prefix inter- (“among, between”), plus present participle mittens (“sending”), from mittere (“to send”).

    From Wiktionary