irregular irregular  /ɪ ˈrɛɡ jə lər/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
  2. (n) merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
  3. (adj) contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
  4. (adj) not occurring at expected times
  5. (adj) (used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces
  6. (adj) (of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement
  7. (adj) falling below the manufacturer's standard
  8. (adj) deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal
  9. (adj) lacking continuity or regularity
  10. (adj) (of a surface or shape); not level or flat or symmetrical
  11. (adj) independent in behavior or thought

Usage(s):

  1. Many doctors used to give anti-arrhythmia drugs to everyone who experienced irregular heartbeats after a heart attack because severely irregular beats could rapidly prove fatal.
  2. Cannes had an irregular early history.
  3. Adding a new wing to a neoclassical museum, Holl devised a spectacular update on classicism: an irregular series of volumes that cascade down the museum's lawn and glow from within.

News

  1. Law and Ethics for Autonomous Weapon Systems: Why a Ban Wont Work and How the Laws of War Can

    Receive your morning roundup of international news and analysis from sources around the globe. Special operations play a critical role in how the United States confronts irregular threats, but to have long-term strategic impact, the author argues, numerous shortfalls must be addressed.
    on June 20, 2013     Source: Foreign Relations

  2. “Giving Up the Ghost” by Mary Logue

    In the morning, when I walked down to the lake, a lacy frill of ice lined the shore. If I was an artist I would have drawn it, the organic curls and scallops. Instead I imagined a dress with an irregular collar formed in the shape of the ice. Then I saw it all done in embroidery.
    on June 19, 2013     Source: Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune

  3. Historic path to be restored through joint partnership

    The lava rocks on this narrow, irregular pathway are hundreds of years old and are part of the 175-mile Ala Kahakai, “trail by the sea,” that linked communities, temples, fishing areas and other important locations along Hawaii Island’s western coast. For generations, it has been one of the trails that kept Hawaiians and others in touch with neighbors, valuable resources and cultural practices ...
    on June 18, 2013     Source: West Hawaii Today

Quotes

  1. In it, she says: "In recent days I have discussed with President Ramos Horta of East Timor the possibility of establishing a regional processing centre for the purpose of receiving and processing irregular entrants."
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: Julia Gillard Source: NEWS.com.au

  2. "This last-minute, irregular and unauthorized reinterpretation of a duly passed law is the exact type of maneuver that voters so resoundingly rejected in November," Schumer said.
    on Jan 5, 2007 By: Charles Schumer Source: Buffalo News

  3. "I can see very clearly that fighting irregular betting and match-fixing is something that will be required from the federations for them to belong to the Olympic movement," Rogge told The Associated Press in an interview.
    on Jun 24, 2010 By: Jacques Rogge Source: The Associated Press

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cursory cursory
/ˈkɜr sə ri /