Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To suspend or cause to suspend activity temporarily or periodically.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To interrupt, to stop or cease temporarily or periodically; to suspend.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To cease for a time or at intervals; to moderate; to be intermittent, as a fever.
  • transitive v. To cause to cease for a time, or at intervals; to interrupt; to suspend.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To put a temporary stop to; suspend or delay; interrupt: as, to intermit one's efforts.
  • To omit; pass by or over; neglect.
  • To cease or break off for a time; come to a temporary stop; stop or pause at intervals: as, a spring that intermits once in three minutes; an intermitting pulse.
  • Synonyms Subside, etc. See abate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. cease an action temporarily

Etymologies

Latin intermittere : inter-, inter- + mittere, to let go.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin intermittere, from inter- + mittere. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Those, then, who make use of ptisan in such diseases, should never for a day allow their vessels to be empty of it, if I may say so, but should use it and not intermit, unless it be necessary to stop for a time, in order to administer medicine or a clyster.

    On Regimen In Acute Diseases

  • In fevers which do not intermit, if the external parts be cold, and the internal burning hot, and fever prevail, it is a mortal sign.

    Aphorisms

  • Fevers, not of the intermittent type, if they become exacerbated every third day are dangerous; but if they intermit in any form whatever, this shows that they are not dangerous.

    Aphorisms

  • Fevers, not of the intermittent type, which are exacerbated on the third day, are dangerous; but if they intermit in any form, this indicates that they are not dangerous.

    Aphorisms

  • In a fever which does not intermit, if a lip, the nose, or an eye be distorted, if the patient lose his sense of sight or of hearing, while now in a weak state, - whatever of these symptoms occurs it is mortal.

    Aphorisms

  • My heart, however, labours under a double affliction: For my poor boy is very, very bad — a violent fever — nor can it be brought to intermit. —

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • While there is anything he has not inquired about, or anything in what he has inquired about which he does not know, he will not intermit his labor.

    The doctrine of the mean

  • If there be anything which he has not practiced, or his practice fails in earnestness, he will not intermit his labor.

    The doctrine of the mean

  • While there is anything which he has not reflected on, or anything in what he has reflected on which he does not apprehend, he will not intermit his labor.

    The doctrine of the mean

  • While there is anything which he has not discriminated or his discrimination is not clear, he will not intermit his labor.

    The doctrine of the mean

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