WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
spo•rad•ic /spəˈrædɪk/USA pronunciation adj.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- appearing or happening at irregular times;
spo•rad•ic (spə rad′ik),USA pronunciation adj.
(spə rad′ik),USA pronunciation spo′ra•dism, n.
- (of similar things or occurrences) appearing or happening at irregular intervals in time; occasional:sporadic renewals of enthusiasm.
- appearing in scattered or isolated instances, as a disease.
- isolated, as a single instance of something;
being or occurring apart from others.
- occurring singly or widely apart in locality:the sporadic growth of plants.
- Greek sporadikós, equivalent. to sporad- (stem of sporás strewn, akin to sporá spore) + -ikos -ic
- Medieval Latin sporadicus
- 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged separate, unconnected.
- 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged continuous.
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