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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 would have been well if the new life of the Devil's Ford had shown no other irregularity than the harmless eccentricities of its original locaters.
Or, supposing him asleep, how infantile a quietude of conscience, and what wholesome order in the gastric region, are betokened by slumber so entirely undisturbed with starts, cramp, twitches, muttered dreamtalk, trumpet-blasts through the nasal organ, or any slightest irregularity of breath
Indeed, so far as its physical aspect is concerned, with its flat, unvaried surface, covered chiefly with wooden houses, few or none of which pretend to architectural beauty -- its irregularity, which is neither picturesque nor quaint, but only tame -- its long and lazy street, lounging wearisomely through the whole extent of be peninsula, with Gallows Hill and New Guinea at one end, and a view of the alms-house at the other -- such being the features of my native town, it would be quite as reasonable to form a sentimental attachment to a disarranged checker-board.
instead of challenging her own irregularity I found myself arraigned and explaining.
But sometimes it happened that Marner, pausing to adjust an irregularity in his thread, became aware of the small scoundrels, and, though chary of his time, he liked their intrusion so ill that he would descend from his loom, and, opening the door, would fix on them a gaze that was always enough to make them take to their legs in terror.
she said, as an irregularity in the road threw her soft weight the more fondly upon my arm.
Thus also, those ancient cities which, from being at first only villages, have become, in course of time, large towns, are usually but ill laid out compared with the regularity constructed towns which a professional architect has freely planned on an open plain; so that although the several buildings of the former may often equal or surpass in beauty those of the latter, yet when one observes their indiscriminate juxtaposition, there a large one and here a small, and the consequent crookedness and irregularity of the streets, one is disposed to allege that chance rather than any human will guided by reason must have led to such an arrangement.
Hence the same irregularity and confusion would be introduced by a compliance with this proposition, that I have already noticed as resulting from the regulation proposed by the Pennsylvania minority.
Square offspring has sometimes resulted from a slightly Irregular Triangle; but in almost every such case the Irregularity of the first generation is visited on the third; which either fails to attain the Pentagonal rank, or relapses to the Triangular.
He marvelled at the irregularity, leaning on the hall-table; and marvelled to himself there; and thawed and grew once more hungry, in the warmer air of the house.
My good friend, as in all probability I own my present safety to that influence, it would ill become me to search too closely into its source; therefore, instead of condemning him for his intimacy with outlaws, you must give me leave to excuse any little irregularity there may be in such a connection; not altogether for preserving my life, for my own idea was that it never was in much danger, but certainly for saving me 4,000 piastres, which, being translated, means neither more nor less than 24,000 livres of our money -- a sum at which, most assuredly, I should never have been estimated in France, proving most indisputably," added Albert with a laugh, "that no prophet is honored in his own country.
Any culpability which had been imputed to him for negligence and irregularity was removed by the resolution.