AskDefine | Define irregular

Dictionary Definition

irregular adj
1 contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice; "irregular hiring practices" [ant: regular]
2 (of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement [ant: regular]
3 not occurring at expected times [syn: unpredictable]
4 used of the military; not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces; "irregular troops"; "irregular warfare" [ant: regular]
5 deviating from what is usual or common or to be expected; often somewhat odd or strange; "these days large families are atypical"; "highly irregular behavior" [syn: atypical]
6 lacking continuity or regularity; "an irregular worker"; "employed on a temporary basis" [syn: temporary]
7 of a surface; not level or flat; "walking was difficult on the irregular cobblestoned surface"
8 used of independent armed resistance forces; "guerrilla warfare"; "partisan forces" [syn: guerrilla(a), guerilla(a), underground]
9 independent in behavior or thought; "she led a somewhat irregular private life"; "maverick politicians" [syn: maverick, unorthodox]

Noun

1 a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment [syn: guerrilla, guerilla, insurgent]
2 merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name [syn: second]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Etymology

From irreguler < irregularis (in- + regularis).

Pronunciation

  • a US /ɪˈrɛgjəlɚ/, /I"rEgj@l@`/

Adjective

  1. something nonstandard; something that breaks the series

Antonyms

Translations

nonstandard
in grammar, applied to verbs

Extensive Definition

Something that is irregular does not follow the expected pattern. The term is used in many different fields, with quite different meanings.
  • In manufacturing, an irregular is a product that does not meet the accepted levels of quality, but still available for sale, typically in outlet stores or secondary markets at a lower price.
  • In military terms, an irregular is a soldier who is not part of the official regular army, or does not follow regular army tactics. See irregular military.
irregular in French: Irrégulier
irregular in Japanese: イレギュラー

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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