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[in-ter-mit-nt] /ˌɪn tərˈmɪt nt/
stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again:
an intermittent pain.
alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.
(of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent; showing water only part of the time.
Origin of intermittent
1595-1605; < Latin intermittent- (stem of intermittēns) present participle of intermittere to intermit; see -ent
Related forms
intermittence, intermittency, noun
intermittently, adverb
nonintermittence, noun
nonintermittent, adjective
nonintermittently, adverb
nonintermittentness, noun
unintermittent, adjective
unintermittently, adverb
Can be confused
continual, continuous, intermittent (see usage note at continual)
1. interrupted, sporadic. Unabridged
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  • In the past, the collection has been broken up and shown intermittently between visiting and special shows.
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  • intermittently they paused to crane and ogle, scanning the ground ahead for a glimpse of their prey.
  • The eruption continued intermittently for four months.
  • The ground has been shaking intermittently ever since.
  • Some people need to take time to heal, either now or later or intermittently as needed.
  • The economic news is not catastrophic, merely intermittently depressing.
  • Groups of genes thought to work in unison did so only intermittently.
  • Their program was varied, but only intermittently interesting.
  • Recession has contributed to an intermittently weak oil price and a warm winter has depressed demand for gas.
British Dictionary definitions for intermittently


occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic
Derived Forms
intermittence, intermittency, noun
intermittently, adverb
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Word Origin and History for intermittently



c.1600, from Latin intermittentem (nominative intermittens), present participle of intermittere (see intermission). Related: Intermittently.

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intermittently in Medicine

intermittent in·ter·mit·tent (ĭn'tər-mĭt'nt)

  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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