Intermittent
Intermittent In`ter*mit"tent, a. [L. intermittens, -entis, p. pr. of intermittere: cf. F. intermittent.] Coming and going at intervals; alternating; recurrent; periodic; as, an intermittent fever. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

{Intermittent fever} (Med.), a disease with fever which recurs at certain intervals; -- applied particularly to fever and ague. See {Fever}.

{Intermittent gearing} (Mach.), gearing which receives, or produces, intermittent motion.

{Intermittent springs}, springs which flow at intervals, not apparently dependent upon rain or drought. They probably owe their intermittent action to their being connected with natural reservoirs in hills or mountains by passages having the form of a siphon, the water beginning to flow when it has accumulated so as to fill the upper part of the siphon, and ceasing when, by running through it, it has fallen below the orifice of the upper part of the siphon in the reservoir. [1913 Webster]


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  • intermittent — intermittent, ente [ ɛ̃tɛrmitɑ̃, ɑ̃t ] adj. • 1559; lat. intermittens, de intermittere « discontinuer » ♦ Qui s arrête et reprend par intervalles. ⇒ discontinu, irrégulier . Fièvre intermittente. ⇒ erratique, rémittent. Pouls intermittent. Les… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Intermittent — du spectacle Équipe de tournage cinéma Un intermittent du spectacle est une personne qui travaille par intermittence (alternance de périodes d emploi et de chômage) pour des entreprises du spectacle (cinéma, télévision, théâtre ou autre spectacle …   Wikipédia en Français

  • intermittent — intermittent, recurrent, periodic, alternate mean recurring or reappearing more or less regularly but in interrupted sequence. Something is intermittent which from time to time is omitted or disappears but always returns {an intermittent fever}… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intermittent — intermittent, ente (in tèr mi ttan, ttan t ) adj. 1°   Qui discontinue et reprend par intervalle. •   Elle [la cascade] n a qu une plainte intermittente et douce, Selon qu elle rencontre ou la pierre ou la mousse, LAMART. Jocel. VI, 224.… …   Dictionnaire de la Langue Française d'Émile Littré

  • intermittent — [in΄tər mit′ nt] adj. [L intermittens, prp. of intermittere: see INTERMIT] stopping and starting at intervals; pausing from time to time; periodic intermittence n. intermittently adv. SYN. INTERMITTENT and RECURRENT both apply to something that… …   English World dictionary

  • Intermittent — In ter*mit tent, n. (Med.) An intermittent fever or disease. Dunglison. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intermittent — Intermittent, [intermitt]ente. adj. Qui discontinuë. Il n a guere d usage que dans ces phrases. Poulx intermittent. fievre intermittente, qui se disent d un poulx dont les battemens cessent par intervalle, & d une fievre qui n est pas reglée,… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • intermittent — I adjective alternate, broken, cyclic, cyclical, desultory, discontinuous, fitful, flickering, fluctuating, infrequent, intermitting, interrupted, irregular, nonuniform, occasional, periodic, recurrent, recurring, remittent, rhythmic, seasonal,… …   Law dictionary

  • intermittent — (adj.) c.1600, from L. intermittentem (nom. intermittens), prp. of intermittere (see INTERMISSION (Cf. intermission)). Related: Intermittently …   Etymology dictionary

  • intermittent — meaning ‘occurring at intervals’, is spelt ent …   Modern English usage

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