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Mawson, C.O.S., ed. (1870–1938). Roget’s International Thesaurus. 1922.

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70. [Interrupted Sequence.] Discontinuity.

   NOUN:DISCONTINUITY, discontinuousness, discreteness, disconnectedness; disjunction [rare] [See Disjunction]; anacoluthon; interruption, break, fracture, flaw, fault, crack, cut; gap (interval) [See Interval]; solution of continuity, cæsura; broken thread; parenthesis, episode, rhapsody, crazy quilt [colloq.], patchwork; intermission; alternation (periodicity) [See Regularity of recurrence. Periodicity]; dropping fire.
   VERB:BE DISCONTINUOUS &c. adj.; alternate, intermit.
  DISCONTINUE, pause, interrupt; intervene; break, break in upon, break off; interpose [See Interjacence]; break the thread, snap the thread; disconnect (disjoin) [See Disjunction]; dissever.
   ADJECTIVE:DISCONTINUOUS, unsuccessive, disconnected, broken, interrupted, décousu [F.]; disconnected, unconnected; discrete, disjunct [rare], disjunctive; fitful (irregular) [See Irregularity of recurrence]; spasmodic, desultory; intermitting &c. v., intermittent; alternate; recurrent (periodic) [See Regularity of recurrence. Periodicity].
   ADVERB:AT INTERVALS; by snatches, by jerks, by skips, by catches, by fits and starts; skippingly, per saltum [L.]; longo intervallo [L.].
  1. Like angel visits, few and far between.—Campbell
  2. It struggles and howls at fits.—Shelley