intermittent intermittent  /ˌɪn tər ˈmɪ tənt/


  • (adj) stopping and starting at irregular intervals

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  1. As far as anyone can tell, muscles don't need sleep, just intermittent periods of relaxation.
  2. Putin grudgingly reveals a few personal details between intermittent bites of food: He relaxes, he says, by listening to classical composers like Brahms, Mozart, Tchaikovsky.
  3. Noah Baumbach thinks he's funny, though his intermittent gags fizzle painfully.


  1. Drivers coping with traffic snarls at Donkey Creek

    Transportation: Intermittent backups on Austin Street during peak afternoon hours | Drivers in certain parts of Gig Harbor can be forgiven for being a little frustrated at times, given the road closures and detours necessitated by the city's Donkey Creek project.
    on June 13, 2013     Source: The Peninsula Gateway

  2. McNaughton Bridge lane closures to begin next week

    PEKIN, Ill. -- There will be intermittent daytime lane closures on the McNaughton Bridge (IL 9) over the Illinois River in Pekin during the weeks of June 17 and June 24.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WEEK News 25 Central Illinois

  3. Traffic Alert: Utility Work Causing Delays on McIntire Road

    Drivers can expect intermittent delays at the intersection of McIntire Road and Harris Street, as well as on McIntire near the 250 bypass Wednesday as utility work continues on gas pipelines.
    on June 12, 2013     Source: NBC 29 Charlottesville


  1. "There has been intermittent shelling, for instance, attacks, certain violations, minor violations on the border which we have documented and reported back to the Turkish side, but honestly we haven't seen any major operations along the border,"...
    on Jun 6, 2007 By: Hoshyar Zebari Source: International Herald Tribune

  2. "Mikey Lowell's - with some intermittent starts - really swung the bat well," manager Terry Francona said. "Jason Bay looks like he's trying to get hot again. That's very welcome. When Jason gets hot, as you can see, it's not just singles. He...
    on Aug 13, 2009 By: Terry Francona Source: Boston Globe

  3. "You tell studios you're going to make a movie about a guy who invented the intermittent windshield wiper -- not a lot of bites," Kinnear said.
    on Sep 30, 2008 By: Greg Kinnear Source: Calgary Herald

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