What does the word intermittent mean?

  • That which has intermissions.

  • [ Latin] An i. fever; as a Malarial i.

  • 1. Marked by intervals of complete quietude between two periods of activity. 2. Intermittent fever.

  • Applied to periodical attacks of a disease.

Usage examples for intermittent

  1. I believe an intermittent laziness had something to do with his inconsistency. – Home Again by George MacDonald
  2. You see now why you would have had such a bad result if you were to burn these beautiful candles that I have shewn you, which are irregular, intermittent in their shape, and cannot therefore have that nicely- formed edge to the cup which is the great beauty in a candle. – The Chemical History Of A Candle by Michael Faraday
  3. The steamer, disengaging itself from the wharf with a pleasant yoho- ing of manly throats and a slow, intermittent plashing of the paddle- wheels, would carefully pick its sunny, eastward way among the small craft of the river, while a few handkerchiefs were waved in a friendly, make- believe farewell- auf wiedersehen! – Peter Ibbetson by George Du Maurier

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