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intermittent

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Definition stopping and starting — especially at irregular intervals
  • This took time: the telephone company was struggling under the sudden load and also to repair infrastructure destroyed in the fighting, and so Saeed's office landline worked at best intermittently,
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
intermittently = only sometimes
  • Nadia did not feel like sleeping, and SO she took a shower, the water chilly because of the intermittent gas supply to her boiler.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • intermittent = sometimes stopped
  • At night, in the darkness, as drones and helicopters and surveillance balloons prowled intermittently overhead, fights would sometimes break out, and there were murders and rapes and assaults as well.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • intermittently = sometimes
  • They clicked on a television to see if they could discover where they were, and it was soon clear to them that they were in London, and as they watched the television with its intermittently apocalyptic news they felt oddly normal, for they had not watched a television in months.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • intermittently = sometimes
  • But while fear was part of what kept them together for those first few months in Marin, more powerful than fear was the desire that each see the other find firmer footing before they let go, and thus in the end their relationship did in some senses come to resemble that of siblings, in that friendship was its strongest element, and unlike many passions, theirs managed to cool slowly, without curdling into its reverse, anger, except intermittently.
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • intermittently = sometimes
  • But there was nonetheless a spirit of at least intermittent optimism that refused entirely to die in Marin, perhaps because Marin was less violent than most of the places its residents had fled, or because of the view, its position on the edge of a continent, overlooking the world's widest ocean, or because of the mix of its people, or its proximity to that realm of giddy technology that stretched down the bay like a bent thumb, ever poised to meet the curved finger of Marin in a...
    Moshin Hamid  --  Exit West
  • intermittent = coming and going
  • The rain had become intermittent now—little wet squalls and quiet times.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Grapes of Wrath
  • The noise of the cutter came intermittently, like the breaking of waves.
    E.M. Forster  --  Howards End
  • Chapter 24 The roarings that had stretched in a long line of sound across the face of the forest began to grow intermittent and weaker.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • We have to do with a volcano, the eruption of which is intermittent.
    Jules Verne  --  A Journey to the Center of the Earth
  • He had only intermittent use of it.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • A tremendous stir inside there, another series of animal screams, the intermittent whirr of the reptile.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Sweat
  • During the past month she had had intermittent contact with Blomkvist.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
  • A surprisingly long darkness that gave way slowly to an intermittent grayish light, blotched with shadows.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Fallen Angels
  • We heard the noise of the stone-breakers long before we reached the quarry; a clink-clank of stone on stone with intermittent dull explosions.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • Her eyes were glittering and watchful in the intermittent neon.
    Stephen King  --  Carrie
  • In the intermittent fits of moonlight, he could see the trail of flattened weeds and glistening smears going off into the darkness below.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • And it went on intermittently throughout the day.
    Marcus Luttrell  --  Lone Survivor
  • Just half an hour after they began knocking on doors among the intermittently populated cabins, they found Anna Viktoria Hansson.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
  • Except for the intermittent hiccup of the coffee pot percolating on the stove the house was quiet, breathlessly quiet.
    Maureen Daly  --  Seventeenth Summer

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