American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To suspend or cause to suspend activity temporarily or periodically.
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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To cause to cease for a time, or at intervals; to interrupt; to suspend.
- v. To cease for a time or at intervals; to moderate; to be intermittent, as a fever.
- v. cease an action temporarily
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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.”
“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. —”
“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.”
“If there be anything which he has not practiced, or his practice fails in earnestness, he will not intermit his labor.”
“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.”
“While there is anything which he has not discriminated or his discrimination is not clear, he will not intermit his labor.”
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