intermittent Definition

  • 1occurring at irregular intervals; not continuous or steady
  • 2stopping and starting at intervals

Using intermittent: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "intermittent" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The rain was intermittent throughout the day.

  • Example

    She has been experiencing intermittent headaches for weeks.

  • Example

    The internet connection is intermittent in this area.

intermittent Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for intermittent

Phrases with intermittent

  • a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting and non-fasting


    Intermittent fasting has become a popular diet trend in recent years.

  • a behavioral disorder characterized by sudden episodes of unwarranted anger and aggression


    People with intermittent explosive disorder may experience uncontrollable outbursts of rage.

  • a condition characterized by pain in the legs during physical activity, caused by poor circulation


    Intermittent claudication can be a symptom of peripheral artery disease.

Origins of intermittent

from Latin 'intermittere', meaning 'to leave off'


Summary: intermittent in Brief

The term 'intermittent' [ˌɪntərˈmɪtənt] refers to things that occur at irregular intervals, or stop and start at intervals. It can describe anything from weather patterns to medical conditions, as in 'The rain was intermittent throughout the day.' 'Intermittent' also extends into phrases like 'intermittent fasting,' a diet trend that alternates between periods of fasting and non-fasting.

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