What does "intermittent" mean?


The primary definition of the adjective "intermittent" is "stopping and starting at intervals." An alternate meaning, often used in geography, is used to refer to a river or lake that only appears at certain times during the year.

The etymology of "intermittent" is Latin, by way of Middle French, where it originally comes from the prefix inter- (among or between) coupled with the root verb mittere (to send). An example sentence using intermittent would be: "The intermittent power supply greatly worried the neighborhood families, who were never sure when there would be enough electricity for heating, cooking or showering. "

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Ask.com Answer for: what does intermittent mean
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.
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