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[in-ter-mit-nt] /ˌɪn tərˈmɪt nt/

stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again:
an intermittent pain.
alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.
(of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent; showing water only part of the time.
occurring occasionally or at regular or irregular intervals; periodic

c.1600, from Latin intermittentem (nominative intermittens), present participle of intermittere (see intermission). Related: Intermittently.

intermittent in·ter·mit·tent (ĭn’tər-mĭt’nt)

in’ter·mit’tence n.


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