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IRREGULAR

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does irregular mean? 

IRREGULAR (noun)
  The noun IRREGULAR has 2 senses:

1. a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
2. merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name

  Familiarity information: IRREGULAR used as a noun is rare.


IRREGULAR (adjective)
  The adjective IRREGULAR has 8 senses:

1. contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice
2. (of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement
3. not occurring at expected times
4. (used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces
5. deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal
6. lacking continuity or regularity
7. of a surface; not level or flat
8. independent in behavior or thought

  Familiarity information: IRREGULAR used as an adjective is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


IRREGULAR (noun)


Sense 1irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

guerilla; guerrilla; irregular; insurgent

Hypernyms ("irregular" is a kind of...):

warrior (someone engaged in or experienced in warfare)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "irregular"):

Maquis; Maquisard (a guerrilla fighter in the French underground in World War II)

urban guerrilla (a guerrilla who fights only in cities and towns)

Holonyms ("irregular" is a member of...):

guerilla force; guerrilla force (an irregular armed force that fights by sabotage and harassment; often rural and organized in large groups)


Sense 2irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

irregular; second

Hypernyms ("irregular" is a kind of...):

merchandise; product; ware (commodities offered for sale)


IRREGULAR (adjective)


Sense 1irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice

Context example:

irregular hiring practices

Similar:

strong (of verbs not having standard (or regular) inflection)

randomised; randomized (set up or distributed in a deliberately random way)

improper; unconventional; unlawful (not conforming to legality, moral law, or social convention)

casual; occasional (occuring from time to time)

asymmetrical; crooked (irregular in shape or outline)

Also:

illegal (prohibited by law or by official or accepted rules)

unrhythmic; unrhythmical (not rhythmic; irregular in beat or accent)

rough; unsmooth (having or caused by an irregular surface)

unsteady (subject to change or variation)

asymmetric; asymmetrical (characterized by asymmetry in the spatial arrangement or placement of parts or components)

unsystematic (lacking systematic arrangement or method or organization)

Attribute:

regularity (the quality of being characterized by a fixed principle or rate)

Antonym:

regular (in accordance with fixed order or procedure or principle)


Sense 2irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement

Antonym:

regular ((of solids) having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume can be determined with a suitable geometric formula)


Sense 3irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Not occurring at expected times

Synonyms:

irregular; unpredictable

Similar:

sporadic (recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances)


Sense 4irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(used of the military) not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces

Context examples:

irregular troops / irregular warfare

Also:

partisan; partizan (devoted to a cause or party)

Antonym:

regular ((used of the military) belonging to or engaged in by legitimate army forces)


Sense 5irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Deviating from normal expectations; somewhat odd, strange, or abnormal

Synonyms:

atypical; irregular

Context examples:

these days large families are atypical / atypical clinical findings / atypical pneumonia / highly irregular behavior

Similar:

abnormal (not normal; not typical or usual or regular or conforming to a norm)


Sense 6irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Lacking continuity or regularity

Synonyms:

temporary; irregular

Context examples:

an irregular worker / employed on a temporary basis

Similar:

part-time; parttime (involving less than the standard or customary time for an activity)


Sense 7irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of a surface; not level or flat

Context example:

walking was difficult on the irregular cobblestoned surface

Similar:

uneven (not even or uniform as e.g. in shape or texture)


Sense 8irregular [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Independent in behavior or thought

Synonyms:

unorthodox; maverick; irregular

Context examples:

she led a somewhat irregular private life / maverick politicians

Similar:

unconventional (not conforming to accepted rules or standards)


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