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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).
References in classic literature ?
It was described, in graphic language, how all irregularities and depressions were obliterated, and a smooth surface of several miles' area laid bare, and that this area had the appearance of having been PLANED BY A PLANE.
cried Louisa,--"so smooth--none of those frowning irregularities I dislike so much; and such a placid eye and smile
If Prior Aymer rode hard in the chase, or remained long at the banquet, if Prior Aymer was seen, at the early peep of dawn, to enter the postern of the abbey, as he glided home from some rendezvous which had occupied the hours of darkness, men only shrugged up their shoulders, and reconciled themselves to his irregularities, by recollecting that the same were practised by many of his brethren who had no redeeming qualities whatsoever to atone for them.
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.
I seemed to be lying in a deep, circular basin, along the outer verge of which I could distinguish the irregularities of low hills.
Many a man would have even blazoned such irregularities as I was guilty of; but from the high views that I had set before me, I regarded and hid them with an almost morbid sense of shame.
But whatever might be his personal or moral irregularities, Ilbrahim's heart seized upon, and clung to him, from the moment that he was brought wounded into the cottage; the child of persecution seemed to compare his own fate with that of the sufferer, and to feel that even different modes of misfortune had created a sort of relationship between them.
To check these abuses, and to protect the fur trade from various irregularities practiced by these loose adventurers, an order was issued by the French government prohibiting all persons, on pain of death, from trading into the interior of the country without a license.
As you know yourself, Bulmer could make a man feel pretty murderous, and I rather fancy the lawyer had himself irregularities to confess, and was in danger of exposure by his client.
New York was inexorable in its condemnation of business irregularities.
Private property not regulated the source of sedition, 42; Phaleas would have it equal, 42; how Phaleas would correct the irregularities of it, 43; Plato would allow a certain difference in it, 43
On account of her too easy government of her nuns, some disreputable irregularities were discovered among them, and the Abbot of St.