intermittent

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French intermittent, from Latin intermittens (sending between), from prefix inter- (among, on), plus present participle mittens (sending), from mittere (to send).

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intermittent (comparative more intermittent, superlative most intermittent)

  1. Stopping and starting at intervals; coming after a particular time span.
    Synonyms: patchy, spasmodic
    Antonyms: steady, constant, continual
    The day was cloudy with intermittent rain.
    Intermittent bugs are most difficult to reproduce.
    • 1564, Philip Moore, The Hope of Health, London, Chapter 13,[1]
      Also bloudletting is good in feuers, whether they be continual or intermittent []
    • 1698, Robert South, Twelve Sermons upon Several Subjects and Occasions, London: Thomas Bennet, Volume 3, p. 511,[2]
      [] the Gift of Prophecy [] was in the mind not as an Inhabitant, but as a Guest; that is, by intermittent Returns and Ecstasies, by Occasional Raptures and Revelations; as is clear from what we read of the Prophets in the Old Testament.
    • 1792, Richard Cumberland, Calvary: or The Death of Christ, London: C. Dilly, Book 5, lines 364-366, p. 164,[3]
      [] Pale through night’s curtain gleam’d
      By fits the lunar intermittent ray,
      That quiv’ring serv’d to light his lonely steps
    • 1926, Hope Mirrlees, Lud-in-the-Mist, London: Millenium, 2000, Chapter 20, p. 193,[4]
      [] by degrees the talk became as flickering and intermittent as the light of the dying fire, which they were too idle to feed with sticks []
    • 2015, John Irving, Avenue of Mysteries, New York: Simon and Schuster, Chapter 18, p. 238,[5]
      [] three scruffy-looking young men with intermittent facial hair and starvation-symptom physiques.
  2. (specifically, geology, of a body of water) Existing only for certain seasons; that is, being dry for part of the year.
    The area has many intermittent lakes and streams.

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Noun[edit]

intermittent (plural intermittents)

  1. (medicine, dated) An intermittent fever or disease.
    • 1592, Nicholas Gyer, The English Phlebotomy: or, Method and Way of Healing by Letting of Blood, London: Andrew Mansell, Chapter 16, p. 172,[6]
      Feuers, and especially those that are called intermittents, discontinuing agues, euen naturally at the beginning and their first inuasion, cause vomits: and at the declining, sweats.
    • 1733, John Arbuthnot, An Essay concerning the Effects of Air on Human Bodies, London: J. Tonson, Chapter 6, p. 144,[7]
      The Bark, which had been ineffectual in the Intermittents of the former Year, was successful in this.
    • 1832, Robley Dunglison, Human Physiology, Philadelphia: Carey & Lea, Volume 2, “Circulation,” p. 146,[8]
      In disease, the agency of this system of vessels is an object of attentive study with the pathologist. To its influence in inflammation, we have already alluded; but it is no less exemplified in the more general diseases of the frame, as in the cold, hot, and sweating stages of an intermittent.

French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin intermittēns.

Adjective[edit]

intermittent (feminine singular intermittente, masculine plural intermittents, feminine plural intermittentes)

  1. Intermittent.

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intermittent

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of intermittō