Definition of intermittent adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

intermittent

 adjective
adjective
BrE BrE//ˌɪntəˈmɪtənt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˌɪntərˈmɪtənt//
 
Describing work
 
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stopping and starting often over a period of time, but not regularly synonym sporadic intermittent bursts of applause intermittent showers See related entries: Describing work Word Origin mid 16th cent.: from Latin intermittent- ‘ceasing’, from the verb intermittere, from inter- ‘between’ + mittere ‘let go’.Extra examples A day of intermittent rainstorms followed. The workers had been employed on an intermittent basis for many years. There had been twenty years of intermittent warfare. They came under intermittent shellfire.
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