irregular


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to irregular: irregular periods, Irregular heartbeat, Irregular polygon

ir·reg·u·lar

 (ĭ-rĕg′yə-lər)
adj.
1. Contrary to rule, accepted order, or general practice: irregular hiring practices.
2. Not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention: an irregular marriage.
3. Not straight, uniform, or symmetrical: irregular facial features.
4. Of uneven rate, occurrence, or duration: an irregular heartbeat.
5. Deviating from a type; atypical.
6. Botany Having differing floral parts, as of a zygomorphic or asymmetric flower.
7. Falling below the manufacturer's standard or usual specifications; imperfect.
8. Grammar Departing from the usual pattern of inflection, derivation, or word formation, as the present forms of the verb be or the plural noun children.
9. Not belonging to a permanent, organized military force: irregular troops.
n.
1. One, such as an item of merchandise, that is irregular.
2. A soldier, such as a guerrilla, who is not a member of a regular military force.

ir·reg′u·lar·ly adv.

irregular

(ɪˈrɛɡjʊlə)
adj
1. lacking uniformity or symmetry; uneven in shape, position, arrangement, etc
2. not occurring at expected or equal intervals: an irregular pulse.
3. differing from the normal or accepted practice or routine
4. not according to established standards of behaviour; unconventional
5. (Grammar) (of the formation, inflections, or derivations of a word) not following the usual pattern of formation in a language, as English plurals ending other than in -s or -es
6. (Military) of or relating to guerrillas or volunteers not belonging to regular forces: irregular troops.
7. (Botany) (of flowers) having any of their parts, esp petals, differing in size, shape, etc; asymmetric
8. (Commerce) US (of merchandise) not up to the manufacturer's standards or specifications; flawed; imperfect
n
9. (Military) a soldier not in a regular army
10. (Commerce) (often plural) US imperfect or flawed merchandise. Compare second115
irˈregularly adv

ir•reg•u•lar

(ɪˈrɛg yə lər)

adj.
1. lacking symmetry, even shape, formal arrangement, etc.: an irregular pattern.
2. variable in timing or rhythm; erratic: irregular intervals.
3. not conforming to established rules, etiquette, morality, etc.
4. not according to rule or to the accepted principle, method, course, order, etc.
5. not conforming to the prevalent pattern of formation, inflection, etc., in a language, as English verbs that do not form the past tense by adding -ed: the irregular verbs keep and see.
6. (formerly, of troops) not belonging to an organized group of established military forces.
7. flawed, damaged, or failing to meet a specific standard of manufacture: a sale of irregular shirts.
8. Bot. lacking uniformity, as a flower with petals of varied shapes.
n.
9. a person or thing that is irregular.
10. a product or material that does not meet specifications or standards of the manufacturer, as one having imperfections in its pattern.
11. a combatant not of a regular military force, as a guerrilla.
[1350–1400; < Middle English < Middle French < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irregular - a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassmentirregular - a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
guerilla force, guerrilla force - an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups
Maquis, Maquisard - a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II
urban guerrilla - a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns
warrior - someone engaged in or experienced in warfare
2.irregular - merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
merchandise, product, ware - commodities offered for sale; "good business depends on having good merchandise"; "that store offers a variety of products"
Adj.1.irregular - contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice; "irregular hiring practices"
illegal - prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules; "an illegal chess move"
unrhythmic, unrhythmical - not rhythmic; irregular in beat or accent
rough, unsmooth - having or caused by an irregular surface; "trees with rough bark"; "rough ground"; "rough skin"; "rough blankets"; "his unsmooth face"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
asymmetric, asymmetrical - characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components
unsystematic - lacking systematic arrangement or method or organization; "unsystematic and fragmentary records"; "he works in an unsystematic manner"
regular - in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle; "his regular calls on his customers"; "regular meals"; "regular duties"
2.irregular - not occurring at expected times
sporadic - recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances; "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"
3.irregular - (used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces; "irregular troops"; "irregular warfare"
partisan, partizan - devoted to a cause or party
regular - (used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces; "the regular army"
4.irregular - (of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement
regular - (of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula
5.irregular - falling below the manufacturer's standard; "irregular jeans"
imperfect - not perfect; defective or inadequate; "had only an imperfect understanding of his responsibilities"; "imperfect mortals"; "drainage here is imperfect"
6.irregular - deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal; "these days large families are atypical"; "atypical clinical findings"; "atypical pneumonia"; "highly irregular behavior"
abnormal, unnatural - not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm; "abnormal powers of concentration"; "abnormal amounts of rain"; "abnormal circumstances"; "an abnormal interest in food"
7.irregular - lacking continuity or regularity; "an irregular worker"; "employed on a temporary basis"
parttime, part-time - involving less than the standard or customary time for an activity; "part-time employees"; "a part-time job"
8.irregular - (of a surface or shape); not level or flat or symmetrical; "walking was difficult on the irregular cobblestoned surface"
uneven - not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture; "an uneven color"; "uneven ground"; "uneven margins"; "wood with an uneven grain"
9.irregular - independent in behavior or thoughtirregular - independent in behavior or thought; "she led a somewhat irregular private life"; "maverick politicians"
unconventional - not conforming to accepted rules or standards; "her unconventional dress and hair style"

irregular

adjective
3. inappropriate, unconventional, improper, unethical, odd, unusual, extraordinary, disorderly, exceptional, peculiar, unofficial, abnormal, queer, rum (Brit. slang), back-door, unsuitable, unorthodox, out-of-order, unprofessional, anomalous The minister was accused of irregular business practices.
4. unofficial, underground, guerrilla, volunteer, resistance, partisan, rogue, paramilitary, mercenary At least 17 irregular units are involved in the war. unconventional standard, conventional, regular, normal, usual, appropriate, proper, orthodox

irregular

adjective
1. Not straight, uniform, or symmetrical:
Translations
غَيْر قِياسيغَيْر مُتّسِق، غَيْر نِظاميغَيْرُ مُنْتَظَمٌمُتَقَطِّع، غَيْر مُنْتَظَممُخالِف للأُصول والقَوانين
nepravidelnýneregulérníneuspořádaný
uregelmæssigureglementeretujævn
epäsäännöllinensäännötön
nepravilan
rendhagyószabálytalan
ójafnóreglulegursem brÿtur í bága viî lög
ふぞろいの
불규칙한
nelygiainereguliarumasnetaisyklingumas
nedisciplinētsnekārtīgsnekārtnsnelīdzensneregulārs
nepravidelnýnesúmerný
neenakomerennepravilennereden
oregelbunden
ไม่สม่ำเสมอ
düzensizkurallara aykırıkuralsızusulsüzçarpık
bất quy tắc

irregular

[ɪˈregjʊləʳ]
A. ADJ
1. (= uneven) [shape, surface, pattern] → irregular
John had sharp, irregular featureslas facciones de John eran duras, irregulares
an irregular pentagon (Geom) (= asymmetrical) → un pentágono irregular
2. (= spasmodic) [attendance, meals, breathing, heartbeat] → irregular
he is very irregular in his attendanceno asiste de forma regular
he leads a very irregular lifelleva una vida muy irregular
I am not usually irregular (euph) → normalmente voy como un reloj
to keep irregular hourstener un horario irregular
at irregular intervalsa intervalos irregulares
3. (= unorthodox) [practice] → poco ortodoxo, irregular; [treatment] → poco ortodoxo; [action] → poco ortodoxo, contrario a la práctica; [payment] → irregular
her behaviour was irregular, to say the leastsu comportamiento era un tanto irregular, por no decir algo peor
irregular business practicesnegocios mpl poco ortodoxos
all this is very irregulartodo esto es muy poco ortodoxo
this is most irregular!¡esto es totalmente inadmisible!
it was highly irregular of Blake to do it aloneera totalmente contrario a la práctica que Blake lo hiciese solo
4. (Ling) [verb, adjective, noun] → irregular
5. (Mil) [soldiers, forces, troops] → irregular
B. Nsoldado mf irregular

irregular

[ɪˈrɛgjʊr] adj
[interval, meal] → irrégulier/ière
at irregular intervals → à intervalles irréguliers
to work irregular hours → avoir des horaires irréguliers
[heartbeat, period] → irrégulier/ière
(= uneven) → irrégulier/ière
(= incorrect)
It's highly irregular, but I'll do it → C'est tout à fait irrégulier, mais je le ferai.
irregular practices (= wrongdoing) → malversations fpl
The minister was accused of irregular business practices → Le ministre fut accusé de malversations commerciales.

irregular

adj
(= uneven)unregelmäßig; teeth, shape, coastlineungleichmäßig; surfaceuneben; at irregular intervalsin unregelmäßigen Abständen; to be irregular in one’s attendanceunregelmäßig erscheinen; the windows are deliberately irregulardie Fenster sind bewusst uneinheitlich; to keep irregular hoursein ungeregeltes Leben führen, keine festen Zeiten haben; he’s been a bit irregular recently (inf)er hat in letzter Zeit ziemlich unregelmäßigen Stuhlgang
(= not conforming)unstatthaft; (= contrary to rules)unvorschriftsmäßig; (= contrary to law)ungesetzlich; marriageungültig; behaviourungebührlich, ungehörig; well, it’s a bit irregular, but I’ll …eigentlich dürfte ich das nicht tun, aber ich …; it’s a most irregular request, but …das ist ein höchst unübliches Ersuchen, aber …; this is most irregular!das ist äußerst ungewöhnlich!; because of irregular procedures, the contract was not validwegen einiger Formfehler war der Vertrag ungültig; she led a somewhat irregular private lifeihr Privatleben war ziemlich turbulent
(Gram) → unregelmäßig
troopsirregulär
n (Mil) → Irreguläre(r) mf; the irregularsdie irreguläre Truppe

irregular

[ɪˈrɛgjʊləʳ] adjirregolare

irregular

(iˈregjulə) adjective
1. not happening etc regularly. His attendance at classes was irregular.
2. not formed smoothly or evenly. irregular handwriting.
3. contrary to rules.
4. (in grammar) not formed etc in the normal way. irregular verbs.
irˈregularly adverb
irˈreguˈlarity (-ˈla-) noun
(plural irreguˈlarities).

irregular

غَيْرُ مُنْتَظَمٌ nepravidelný uregelmæssig unregelmäßig ακανόνιστος irregular epäsäännöllinen irrégulier nepravilan irregolare ふぞろいの 불규칙한 onregelmatig uregelmessig nieregularny irregular непостоянный oregelbunden ไม่สม่ำเสมอ düzensiz bất quy tắc 不规则的

irregular

a. irregular.

irregular

adj irregular
References in classic literature ?
His letters were such a comfort, for the home letters were very irregular and not half so satisfactory as his when they did come.
His teeth were black and irregular and there was something strange about his eyes.
No matter how many wrong notes he struck, he never lost the intention of a passage, he brought the substance of it across by irregular and astonishing means.
The one in question was high and precipitous; its top flattened, as usual; but with one of its sides more than ordinarily irregular.
Preceded by the beadle, and attended by an irregular procession of stern-browed men and unkindly visaged women, Hester Prynne set forth towards the place appointed for her punishment.
In various sorts of whales, they form such irregular combinations; or, in the case of any one of them detached, such an irregular isolation; as utterly to defy all general methodization formed upon such a basis.
Besides all the other phenomena which the exterior of the Sperm Whale presents, he not seldom displays the back, and more especially his flanks, effaced in great part of the regular linear appearance, by reason of numerous rude scratches, altogether of an irregular, random aspect.
And then all the tricks of the packers, their masters, the tyrants who ruled them-- the shutdowns and the scarcity of work, the irregular hours and the cruel speeding-up, the lowering of wages, the raising of prices
To do Dinah justice, she had, at irregular periods, paroxyms of reformation and arrangement, which she called "clarin' up times," when she would begin with great zeal, and turn every drawer and closet wrong side outward, on to the floor or tables, and make the ordinary confusion seven-fold more confounded.
Their road to this detached cottage was down Vicarage Lane, a lane leading at right angles from the broad, though irregular, main street of the place; and, as may be inferred, containing the blessed abode of Mr.
I shall call hills steep, which ought to be bold; surfaces strange and uncouth, which ought to be irregular and rugged; and distant objects out of sight, which ought only to be indistinct through the soft medium of a hazy atmosphere.
Led by her, I passed from compartment to compartment, from passage to passage, of a large and irregular building; till, emerging from the total and somewhat dreary silence pervading that portion of the house we had traversed, we came upon the hum of many voices, and presently entered a wide, long room, with great deal tables, two at each end, on each of which burnt a pair of candles, and seated all round on benches, a congregation of girls of every age, from nine or ten to twenty.