intermitting

intermit

[in-ter-mit]
verb (used with object), intermitted, intermitting.
1.
to discontinue temporarily; suspend.
verb (used without object), intermitted, intermitting.
2.
to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent.
3.
to cease, stop, or break off operations for a time.

Origin:
1535–45; < Latin intermittere to leave a space between, drop (for a while), leave off, equivalent to inter- inter- + mittere to send, let go

intermitter, intermittor, noun
intermittingly, adverb
unintermitted, adjective
unintermitting, adjective


1, 3. interrupt. 3. desist.
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intermit (ˌɪntəˈmɪt)
 
vb , -mits, -mitting, -mitted
to suspend (activity) or (of activity) to be suspended temporarily or at intervals
 
[C16: from Latin intermittere to leave off, from inter- + mittere to send]
 
inter'mittingly
 
adv
 
inter'mittor
 
n

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