intermittent

[in-ter-mit-nt]
adjective
1.
stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
2.
alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.
3.
(of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent; showing water only part of the time.

Origin:
1595–1605; < Latin intermittent- (stem of intermittēns) present participle of intermittere to intermit; see -ent

intermittence, intermittency, noun
intermittently, adverb
nonintermittence, noun
nonintermittent, adjective
nonintermittently, adverb
nonintermittentness, noun
unintermittent, adjective
unintermittently, adverb

continual, continuous, intermittent (see usage note at continual).


1. interrupted, sporadic.
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intermittent (ˌɪntəˈmɪtənt)
 
adj
occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
 
inter'mittence
 
n
 
inter'mittency
 
n
 
inter'mittently
 
adv

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intermittent
c.1600, from L. intermittentem (nom. intermittens), prp. of intermittere (see intermission).
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intermittent in·ter·mit·tent (ĭn'tər-mĭt'nt)
adj.

  1. Stopping and starting at intervals.

  2. Marked by intervals of complete quietude occurring between two periods of activity.


in'ter·mit'tence n.
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Example sentences
Give yourself intermittent deadlines and take them seriously.
Such a dialogue has been largely missing or, at best, intermittent.
It will be interesting to see how people cope with intermittent ash fall for a
  few months.
At first, meetups were loosely tracked through intermittent emails to a list of
  known organizers.
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