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intermittent
used in Moby Dick

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stopping and starting — especially at irregular intervals
  • ...own hand for the shuttle, and as Queequeg, standing sideways, ever and anon slid his heavy oaken sword between the threads, and idly looking off upon the water, carelessly and unthinkingly drove home every yarn: I say so strange a dreaminess did there then reign all over the ship and all over the sea, only broken by the intermitting dull sound of the sword, that it seemed as if this were the Loom of Time, and I myself were a shuttle mechanically weaving and weaving away at the Fates.
    Chapters 46-48 -- Surmises; The Mat-Maker; The First Lowering (20% in)

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