from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Occurring from time to time. See Synonyms at periodic.
- adj. Not habitual; infrequent: took an occasional glass of wine.
- adj. Created for a special occasion: occasional verse.
- adj. Intended for use as the occasion requires: an occasional chair.
- adj. Acting as a cause.
- adj. Acting in a specified capacity from time to time: an occasional hunter.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time.
- adj. Not very often.
- adj. Created for a specific occasion.
- adj. Intended for use as the occasion requires.
- adj. Acting in the indicated role from time to time.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Occuring at times, but not constant, regular, or systematic; made or happening as opportunity requires or admits; casual; incidental.
- adj. Produced by accident.
- adj. Of or pertaining to an occasion or to occasions; intended for a specific occasion; for use only when needed, and not regularly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of occasion; incidental; hence, occurring from time to time, but without regularity or system; made, happening, or recurring as opportunity requires or admits: as, an occasional smile; an occasional fit of coughing.
- Called forth, produced, or used on some special occasion or event; suited for a particular occasion: as, an occasional discourse.
- That serves as or constitutes the occasion or indirect cause; causal.
- n. A production caused by or adapted to some special occurrence, or the circumstances of the moment; an extemporaneous composition.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals
- adj. occurring from time to time
- adj. recurring or reappearing from time to time
- adj. occurring from time to time
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Maybe that's why She puts in occasional appearances here on earth.
He would then only be able to relate to God in occasional fragmentary attempts.
Hauck also throws in occasional tastes of irony, some obvious and others a bit more subtle.
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Ehrlich got in occasional jabs on taxes and a few other issues, but scored no body blows or knockout punches.