Intermittent vs. Occasional

Intermittent vs. Occasional — Is There a Difference?

Difference Between Intermittent and Occasional

Intermittentadjective

Stopping and starting at intervals.

Occasionaladjective

Occurring, encountered, done, or taken from time to time; irregular or infrequent.

Intermittentadjective

Alternately containing and empty of water

an intermittent lake.

Occasionaladjective

Created for a special occasion

occasional verse.

Intermittentadjective

Stopping and starting at intervals; coming after a particular time span.

The day was cloudy with intermittent rain.Intermittent bugs are most difficult to reproduce.

Occasionaladjective

Intended for use as the occasion requires

an occasional chair.

Intermittentadjective

Existing only for certain seasons; that is, being dry for part of the year.

The area has many intermittent lakes and streams.

Occasionaladjective

Being a factor that makes something possible; being a cause of something.

Intermittentnoun

An intermittent fever or disease.

Occasionaladjective

Acting in a specified capacity from time to time

an occasional hunter.

Intermittentadjective

stopping and starting at irregular intervals;

intermittent rain showers

Occasionaladjective

Occurring or appearing irregularly from time to time, but not often.

He was mostly solitary, but enjoyed the occasional visitor.He took an occasional glass of wine.

Intermittentadjective

stopping and starting at regular intervals

Occasionaladjective

Created for a specific occasion.

Elgar's music was not created to be occasional music for high-school graduations.

Occasionaladjective

Intended for use as the occasion requires.

What your living room needs are some occasional chairs.

Occasionaladjective

Acting in the indicated role from time to time.

He is an occasional writer of letters to the editor.

Occasionalnoun

A person who does something only occasionally.

Occasionaladjective

occurring from time to time;

took an occasional glass of wine

Occasionaladjective

occurring or appearing at usually irregular intervals;

episodic in his affectionsoccasional headaches

Occasionaladjective

employed in a specified capacity from time to time;

casual employmenta casual correspondence with a former teacheran occasional worker