Roget's Thesaurus: Entry 70 (Interrupted sequence)

Make sure you have read the copyright information for this Project Gutenberg provided by, as well as the description -

#70. [Interrupted sequence.] Discontinuity.-- N. discontinuity; disjunction &c. 44; anacoluthon[obs]; interruption, break, fracture, flaw, fault, crack, cut; gap &c. (interval) 198; solution of continuity, caesura; broken thread; parenthesis, episode, rhapsody, patchwork; intermission; alternation &c. (periodicity) 138; dropping fire.

V. be discontinuous &c. adj.; alternate, intermit, sputter, stop and start, hesitate.

discontinue, pause, interrupt; intervene; break, break in upon, break off; interpose &c. 228; break the thread, snap the thread; disconnect &c. (disjoin) 44; dissever.

Adj. discontinuous, unsuccessive[obs], broken, interrupted, dicousu[Fr]; disconnected, unconnected; discrete, disjunctive; fitful &c. (irregular) 139; spasmodic, desultory; intermitting, occasional &c. v., intermittent; alternate; recurrent &c. (periodic) 138.

Adv. at intervals; by snatches, by jerks, by skips, by catches, by fits and starts; skippingly[obs], per saltum[Lat]; longo intervallo[It].

Phr. like "angel visits few and far between" [Campbell].