A Word A Day : Intermittent
Tuesday, 20th May 2008 : Today's Word is ...
( Adjective )
Pronunciation : ìnter-mítt-nt
1. occurring at irregular intervals
2. alternately containing and empty of water
3. stopping and starting at intervals
Origin : 1535–45 - Latin intermittere to leave a space between, drop (for a while), leave off, equiv. to inter- inter- + mittere to send, let go
fitful, occasional, periodic, periodical, sporadic
constant, continual, continuing, continuous, perpetual, regular, steady
• The quiet was only disturbed by the intermittent
bark of a far-off dog.
• If one laid a finger on the string, the sound answered to the flapping of the runner in a sort of hollow intermittent
• At any rate, as the dusk came on a slow, intermittent
movement upon the sand pits began, a move- ment that seemed to gather force as the stillness of the eve- ning about the cylinder remained unbroken.
• Now, unless the sandbank had been submitted to the intermittent
eruption of a geyser, the Governor Higginson had to do neither more nor less than with an aquatic mammal, unknown till then, which threw up from its blow-holes columns of water mixed with air and vapour.
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