verb (-mitted; -mitting) Etymology: Latin intermittere, from inter- + mittere to send Date: circa 1542 transitive verb to cause to cease for a time or at intervals ; discontinue intransitive verb to be intermittent • intermitter noun

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  • Intermit — In ter*mit , v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Intermitted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Intermitting}.] [L. intermittere; inter between + mittere, missum, to send: cf. OE. entremeten to busy (one s self) with, F. s entremettre. See {Missile}.] To cause to cease for a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Intermit — In ter*mit , v. i. To cease for a time or at intervals; to moderate; to be intermittent, as a fever. Pope. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intermit — index adjourn, cease, delay, desist, discontinue (break continuity), disrupt, fluctuate, interfere, interrupt …   Law dictionary

  • intermit — (v.) 1540s, from L. intermittere to leave off, omit, suspend, interrupt, neglect, from inter between (see INTER (Cf. inter )) + mittere to send (see MISSION (Cf. mission)). Related: Intermitted; intermitting; intermittingly …   Etymology dictionary

  • intermit — suspend, stay, *defer, postpone Analogous words: interrupt, *arrest, check: *stop, discontinue: abate, reduce, lessen, *decrease Contrasted words: *continue, persist: * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • intermit — [in΄tər mit′] vt., vi. intermitted, intermitting [L intermittere < inter + mittere: see INTER & MISSION] to stop for a time; cease at intervals; make or be intermittent; discontinue intermitter n …   English World dictionary

  • intermit — intermitter, intermittor, n. intermittingly, adv. /in teuhr mit /, v., intermitted, intermitting. v.t. 1. to discontinue temporarily; suspend. v.i. 2. to stop or pause at intervals; be intermittent. 3. to cease, stop, or break off operations for… …   Universalium

  • intermit — verb /ɪntəˈmɪt/ To interrupt, to stop or cease temporarily or periodically; to suspend. Idleness [...] of body is nothing but a kind of of benumbing laziness, intermitting exercise, which, if we may believe Fernelius, “[...] makes them unapt to… …   Wiktionary

  • intermit — To cease for a time …   Medical dictionary

  • intermit — Synonyms and related words: alternate, arrest, be here again, break, break off, call a break, call time, check, circle, cleanse, cleanse away, come again, come and go, come around, come round, come round again, come up again, cut off, cycle,… …   Moby Thesaurus

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