Meaning of intermittent

in•ter•mit•tent

Pronunciation: (in"tur-mit'nt), [key]
— adj.
  1. stopping or ceasing for a time; alternately ceasing and beginning again: an intermittent pain.
  2. alternately functioning and not functioning or alternately functioning properly and improperly.
  3. (of streams, lakes, or springs) recurrent; showing water only part of the time.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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