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spəˈræd ɪkspo·radic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sporadicadjective

    recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances

    "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"


  1. sporadicadjective

    Rare and scattered in occurrence.

  2. sporadicadjective

    Exhibiting random behavior; patternless.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sporadicadjective

    occuring singly, or apart from other things of the same kind, or in scattered instances; separate; single; as, a sporadic fireball; a sporadic case of disease; a sporadic example of a flower

    Etymology: [Gr. scattered, fr. , , scattered, fr. to sow seed, to scatter like seed: cf. F. sporadique. See Spore.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sporadic

    -al, spō-rad′ik, -al, adj. scattered—a term specially applied to any disease usually epidemic or contagious, when it attacks only a few persons in a district and does not spread in its ordinary manner.—adv. Sporad′ically.—n. Sporad′icalness. [Gr. sporadikossporas, sporados, scattered—speirein, to sow.]

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  1. carpoids, picadors

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sporadic in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sporadic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of sporadic in a Sentence

  1. Bharat Pankhania:

    If one were to draw a graph of vaccine coverage versus danger, it would be a linear progression, the greater the vaccine coverage, the less the dangers and the other way around, of course, we want to get to 90 % coverage, it is a tall order globally. If we get to 70 % and stay there, there will be many sporadic outbreaks which may overwhelm health services. Worse, it will create more chances for the virus to mutate and variants of concern to emerge.

  2. Monica Phromsavanh:

    We lived a life of poverty that only a refugee could know, hundreds of families lived in a warehouse without electricity or running water. Work was sporadic and often impossible to find. We didn’t speak Spanish and the Laotian people were subject to harassment and treated with little respect.

  3. Sayed Sarwar Hussaini:

    There are sporadic shootings in some areas.

  4. Yoon Tae-ho:

    It is too early to say we are overcoming the disease, we are still witnessing sporadic outbreaks so we cannot lower our guard.

  5. Jakob Kern:

    This marks a major humanitarian breakthrough in Syria, but we must remember that one-off and sporadic convoys can only provide temporary relief to hungry, desperate people, people need to eat every single day.

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    cause to spread or flush or flood through, over, or across
    • A. monish
    • B. caddie
    • C. lucubrate
    • D. suffuse

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