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ir·reg·u·lar·i·ty

 (ĭ-rĕg′yə-lăr′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. ir·reg·u·lar·i·ties
1. The quality or state of being irregular.
2. Something irregular: found the firm's books riddled with irregularities.
3. Constipation.

irregularity

(ɪˌrɛɡjʊˈlærɪtɪ)
n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being irregular
2. something irregular, such as a bump in a smooth surface
3. a breach of a convention or normal procedure

ir•reg•u•lar•i•ty

(ɪˌrɛg yəˈlær ɪ ti)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the quality or state of being irregular.
2. something irregular.
3. a breach of rules, customs, etc.
4. occasional mild constipation.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Old French < Medieval Latin]

Regularity/Irregularity

 
  1. Balance as a tail balances a kite —Anon
  2. Balanced as the scales of justice —Anon
  3. [A cat’s purring] intermittent as a walkie-talkie —Lorrie Moore
  4. Irregular as French verbs —Anon
  5. Random, like love’s choices —Patricia Hampl
  6. Regular as a clock —Slogan for Serutan laxative, Healthaids, Inc.
  7. Regular as a heartbeat —Mary Hedin
  8. Regular as a metronome —Edward Hoagland
  9. Regular as a motor boat —Lee Smith

    A more specific variation: “Regular as the chug-chug of a motor boat.”

  10. Regular as sun and tide —Wallace Stegner
  11. Regular as the moon makes the tides —Henry James
  12. Rhythmic as water —Amy Hempel

    In Hempel’s story, Beg, si tog, Inc, Cont, Rep, it’s the sliding knitting needles that are likened to water.

  13. Scattered like applause during a bad act —Anon
  14. Steadily as a shell secretes its beating leagues of monotone —Hart Crane
  15. Symmetrical as a doily —Betsy Wade, New York Times, May 2, 1986

    The descriptive frame of reference is a tree.

ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.irregularity - behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or moralityirregularity - behavior that breaches the rule or etiquette or custom or morality
misbehavior, misbehaviour, misdeed - improper or wicked or immoral behavior
deviance, deviation - deviate behavior
2.irregularity - not characterized by a fixed principle or rate; at irregular intervals
quality - an essential and distinguishing attribute of something or someone; "the quality of mercy is not strained"--Shakespeare
inhomogeneity - the quality of being inhomogeneous
fitfulness, jerkiness - the quality of being spasmodic and irregular
intermittence, intermittency - the quality of being intermittent; subject to interruption or periodic stopping
wavering, fluctuation - the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes; "he kept a record of price fluctuations"
haphazardness, stochasticity, randomness, noise - the quality of lacking any predictable order or plan
unevenness, variability - the quality of being uneven and lacking uniformity
unsteadiness - the quality of being unsteady--varying and unpredictable
regularity - the quality of being characterized by a fixed principle or rate; "he was famous for the regularity of his habits"
3.irregularity - an irregular asymmetry in shape; an irregular spatial pattern
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
4.irregularity - irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowelsirregularity - irregular and infrequent or difficult evacuation of the bowels; can be a symptom of intestinal obstruction or diverticulitis
symptom - (medicine) any sensation or change in bodily function that is experienced by a patient and is associated with a particular disease
dyschezia - difficulty in defecating (usually as a consequence of long continued voluntary suppression of the urge to defecate)
fecal impaction - accumulation of hardened feces in the rectum or lower colon which the person cannot move
obstipation - severe constipation resulting from an obstruction in the intestines

irregularity

irregularity

noun
Translations
عَدَم إنتِظام
nepravidelnostneregulérnost
uregelmæssighed
egyenetlenségrendellenességszabálytalanság
óregla, ójafna
düzensizlikusulsüzlük

irregularity

[ɪˌregjʊˈlærɪtɪ] N
1. (= unevenness) [of shape, surface, features] → irregularidad f
2. (= spasmodic nature) [of attendance, meals, pulse] → irregularidad f
3. (= unorthodox nature) [of behaviour] → irregularidad f
the irregularity of his actions surprised us alllo poco ortodoxo de su forma de actuar nos sorprendió a todos
a number of irregularities were observedse observaron una serie de irregularidades

irregularity

[ɪˌrɛgjʊˈlærɪti] n
[heart rate, periods] → irrégularité f
This is likely to produce irregularities of heart rate → Cela produira probablement des irrégularités du pouls., Cela produira probablement des irrégularités du rythme cardiaque.
[shape, size, arrangement] → irrégularité f
(= incorrect practice) → irrégularité f
financial irregularity → des irrégularités financières
procedural irregularity → irrégularité procédurale
There had been some procedural irregularity → Il y avait eu irrégularité procédurale.

irregularity

n
(= unevenness)Unregelmäßigkeit f; (of teeth, shape, coastline)Ungleichmäßigkeit f; (of surface)Unebenheit f; (= lack of uniformity)Uneinheitlichkeit f; (of sb’s life)Ungeregeltheit f
(= failure to conform)Unstatthaftigkeit f; (= non-observation of rules)Unvorschriftsmäßigkeit f; (= unlawfulness)Ungesetzlichkeit f; (of marriage)unvorschriftsmäßige Durchführung; (= impropriety: of behaviour) → Ungebührlichkeit f, → Ungehörigkeit f; a slight irregularity in the proceedingsein kleiner Formfehler
(Gram) → Unregelmäßigkeit f

irregularity

[ɪˌrɛgjʊˈlærɪtɪ] nirregolarità f inv

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).
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More fortunate results of the prevailing spirit were the gradual abandonment of the conceits and irregularities of the 'metaphysical' poets, and, most important, the perfecting of the highly regular rimed pentameter couplet, the one great formal achievement of the time in verse.
The longer Sir Patrick's irregularities delayed the proceedings, the more irresistibly the plain facts of the case would assert themselves--with all the force of contrast--out of the mouths of the witnesses who were in attendance down stairs.
They must have borne in mind, that as the plan to be framed and proposed was to be submitted TO THE PEOPLE THEMSELVES, the disapprobation of this supreme authority would destroy it forever; its approbation blot out antecedent errors and irregularities.
The two MPs who spoke at the parliamentary session in support of the minister, said Shaikh Jaber has been vigorously fighting attempts to undermine security in Kuwait and the grilling over the alleged billboard irregularities had no substance.
In 2008, compared to previous years, there were more irregularities affecting the EU budget and financial interests, although the sums in question tended to be smaller.
Safety-Kleen spokesman John Kyte would not comment on who was responsible for the accounting irregularities, citing Justice Department and Securities and Exchange Commission investigations.
The jury's verdict in a federal trial has made it harder to hold accounting firms disproportionately liable for damages when they fail to discover accounting irregularities during an audit.
The blobs cited by critics, maintain the investigators, are natural irregularities created when the limestone was split to reveal the ancient bird.
Then, on February 9, 2006, prior to the market opening, the Company announced that it had discovered material irregularities in its accounting and would have to restate certain of its previously issued financial statements.
Islamabad -- It is revealed that there are high irregularities in the fuel used in Pakistan International Airline (PIA) jets.
QUETTA -- NAB has taken a serious and immediate notice of massive irregularities in Public Services Commission (PSC), Balochistan chapter.
Manmohan Singh is likely to submit three more reports today on irregularities related to Commonwealth Games (CWG) venues and Organising Committee.