Origin of intermittentClassical Latin intermittens, present participle of intermittere: see intermit
The definition of intermittent is something that starts and stops or happens irregularly.
An example of intermittent is occasional thunder during a rainstorm.
- 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.
- Shortly afterwards he fell ill of an intermittent fever, but seemed to recover.
- Their intermittent character prompted the supposition.
- Local hypertrophy may also be due to stimulation resulting from friction or intermittent pressure, as one may see in the thickenings on the skin of the artisan's hands.
- A state of intermittent rebellion, however, continued, and in 1904 a general revolt took place with which the normal garrison of Yemen, the 7th army corps, was quite unable to cope.
- The illumination is intermittent, and appears to be under the control of the insect's nervous system.