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Definitions for intermittent
ˌɪn tərˈmɪt ntin·ter·mit·tent

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. intermittent(adj)

    stopping and starting at irregular intervals

    "intermittent rain showers"


  1. intermittent(Adjective)

    Stopping and starting at intervals; coming after a particular time span; not steady or constant

    Etymology: From intermittens, from prefix inter-, plus present participle mittens, from mittere.

  2. intermittent(Adjective)

    Existing only for certain seasons; that is, being dry for part of the year.

    The area has many intermittent lakes and streams.

    Etymology: From intermittens, from prefix inter-, plus present participle mittens, from mittere.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Intermittent(adj)

    coming and going at intervals; alternating; recurrent; periodic; as, an intermittent fever

    Etymology: [L. intermittens, -entis, p. pr. of intermittere: cf. F. intermittent.]

  2. Intermittent(noun)

    an intermittent fever or disease

    Etymology: [L. intermittens, -entis, p. pr. of intermittere: cf. F. intermittent.]

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Intermittent

    Acting at intervals, as an intermittent contact, earth, or grounding of a telegraph wire.

Editors Contribution


    coming and going at intervals : not continuous;stopping and starting at irregular intervals;not happening regularly or continuously; stopping and starting repeatedly or with periods in between;Something that is intermittent happens occasionally rather than continuously.Happening or appearing now and then:fitful, occasional, periodic, periodical, sporadic.Informal: on-again, off-again.periodic, broken, occasional, recurring, irregular, punctuated, sporadic, recurrent, stop-go (informal),fitful, spasmodic, discontinuous;stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again;alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.(of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent;constant, continuous, incessant, unceasing.

    By itself, it is unlikely to create a network of electric-vehicle charging-points, more nuclear power plants to underpin the cheap but intermittent electricity supplied by renewables, programmes to retrofit inefficient buildings and to develop technologies aimed at reducing emissions that cannot simply be electrified away, such as those from large aircraft and some farms.

    Submitted by anonymous on June 22, 2020  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of intermittent in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of intermittent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of intermittent in a Sentence

  1. Robin Koval:

    We wanted to debunk a few things here, one,( smoking) doesn't make you more attractive, and we know the thing that young people care about most is connecting with other people, especially for romantic opportunities, and that social smoking, whatever you call it, light smoking, intermittent smoking, is smoking.

  2. Mark Mattson:

    I think you’ll see in the next year or two, and particularly the next five years, a lot of [results from studies] on intermittent fasting on human subjects with diseases or [who are] at risk for a disease.

  3. Manoj Bhargava:

    Grid-based power isn't a solution for people who are poor. The poor, by definition, cannot afford utility bills, further, connection to the grid has meant intermittent and unreliable power for most poor, rural households in the world.

  4. Corey Monteith mother:

    He didn’t have enough drugs in his system to kill him, but for some reason it did because of his intolerance [built up by periods of intermittent sobriety].

  5. Brian Kyle:

    The worst that could happen is that travel is impacted, intermittent power outages and any time you have substantial rain in a large metro area, the concrete ground doesn't absorb water and that results in flooding.

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