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Pronunciation:  `intur'mitnt

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [adj]  stopping and starting at irregular intervals; "intermittent rain showers"
  2. [adj]  stopping and starting at regular intervals

INTERMITTENT is a 12 letter word that starts with I.


 Synonyms: periodic, periodical, sporadic



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \In`ter*mit"tent\, a. [L. intermittens, -entis, p.
    pr. of intermittere: cf. F. intermittent.]
    Coming and going at intervals; alternating; recurrent;
    periodic; as, an intermittent fever. --Boyle.
    {Intermittent fever} (Med.), a disease with fever which
       recurs at certain intervals; -- applied particularly to
       fever and ague. See {Fever}.
    {Intermittent gearing} (Mach.), gearing which receives, or
       produces, intermittent motion.
    {Intermittent springs}, springs which flow at intervals, not
       apparently dependent upon rain or drought. They probably
       owe their intermittent action to their being connected
       with natural reservoirs in hills or mountains by passages
       having the form of a siphon, the water beginning to flow
       when it has accumulated so as to fill the upper part of
       the siphon, and ceasing when, by running through it, it
       has fallen below the orifice of the upper part of the
       siphon in the reservoir.
  2. \In`ter*mit"tent\, n. (Med.)
    An intermittent fever or disease. --Dunglison.
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