Definitions of irregular

  1. 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"
  2. a member of an irregular armed force that fights a stronger force by sabotage and harassment
  3. used of independent armed resistance forces; " guerrilla warfare"; " partisan forces"
  4. used of the military; not belonging to or engaged in by regular army forces; " irregular troops"; " irregular warfare"
  5. merchandise that has imperfections; usually sold at a reduced price without the brand name
  6. of a surface; not level or flat; " walking was difficult on the irregular cobblestoned surface"
  7. lacking continuity or regularity; " an irregular worker"; " employed on a temporary basis"
  8. contrary to rule or accepted order or general practice; " irregular hiring practices"
  9. ( of solids) not having clear dimensions that can be measured; volume must be determined with the principle of liquid displacement
  10. Not regular; not conforming to a law, method, or usage recognized as the general rule; not according to common form; not conformable to nature, to the rules of moral rectitude, or to established principles; not normal; unnatural; immethodical; unsymmetrical; erratic; no straight; not uniform; as, an irregular line; an irregular figure; an irregular verse; an irregular physician; an irregular proceeding; irregular motion; irregular conduct, etc. Cf. Regular.
  11. One who is not regular; especially, a soldier not in regular service.
  12. Not straight; not symmetrical; not according to established method, standards, customs, or law; abnormal; not methodical.
  13. Irregularly.
  14. Irregularity.
  15. Not according to rule: unnatural: unsystematic: vicious: ( gram.) departing from the ordinary rules in its inflection: variable: not symmetrical.
  16. A soldier not in regular service.
  17. Not according to rule; unsystematic; variable.
  18. Not regular; not according to common form or rules; not according to established principles or customs; not comformable to nature, or the usual operation of natural laws; not according to the rules of art; not in conformity to law, human or divine; deviating from the rules of moral rectitude; not straight; not uniform; deviating from the common rules in inflection; not in regular service; said of a cadence which does not end upon the tonic chord.
  19. Not according to usual forms or rules; not according to established principles or customs; not in conformity to law; wanting symmetry; not regular, as regards mode of life; vicious.
  20. A soldier not in regular service; one not following any fixed rule; in bot, a flower in which the parts of any of the verticils differ in size.

Usage examples for irregular

  1. It was a huge affair, and, in its ragged, irregular outline, seemed to impart to the traveller a sense of protection and fair dealing. – In the Early Days along the Overland Trail in Nebraska Territory, in 1852 by Gilbert L. Cole
  2. Therefore, I figured, we must be inside some kind of an irregular circle. – The Boy With the U.S. Miners by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  3. These irregular soldiers received no pay and considered it their right to compensate themselves for the hardships of the campaign by means of robbery. – Napoleon's Campaign in Russia Anno 1812 by Achilles Rose
  4. It was full of music, irregular, wild, yearning, trembling. – Early Letters of George Wm. Curtis by G. W. Curtis, ed. George Willis Cooke
  5. " By this time the street level had become so irregular that it was almost impossible to drag the dead wagons over them. – Complete Story of the San Francisco Horror by Richard Linthicum Trumbull White Samuel Fallows
  6. Mrs. Williams thinks it's irregular, Sebright broke in, you and your young lady being alone- in an open boat at night, and that sort of thing. – Romance by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  7. They returned to the open air, and looked about anxiously for signs of a movement toward the hut; but the irregular street was silent. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  8. When its past tense does not end in ed it is said to be irregular. – How to Speak and Write Correctly by Joseph Devlin
  9. The present irregular state of the army is owing to a capital neglect in both of these. – Nathan Hale by Jean Christie Root
  10. The defence had been at great pains to show that Sir Horace Fewbanks was a man of somewhat irregular habits in his private life. – The Hampstead Mystery by John R. Watson
  11. Mrs. Rangeley's own beauty was a little irregular. – The Coast of Bohemia by William Dean Howells
  12. But all good things come to an end, and I much regretted my ability to understand French when, in the middle of his discourse, my friend wanted me to say something in French to show that it is almost impossible for a foreigner to learn such a difficult and irregular language perfectly! – The Esperantist, Complete by Various
  13. The whole work stands on a high irregular ridge of a rocky hill, the keep being much the most elevated. – Recollections of Europe by J. Fenimore Cooper
  14. It was very irregular, and the Colonel's gray hairs did not serve to alter this fact. – The Puppet Crown by Harold MacGrath
  15. Irregular marriages, as people call them! – Ghosts by Henrik Ibsen
  16. Holy Island is of an irregular form. – The Ports, Harbours, Watering-places and Picturesque Scenery of Great Britain Vol. 1 by William Finden
  17. His early education was irregular and inadequate. – Edward Caldwell Moore Outline of the History of Christian Thought Since Kant by Edward Moore
  18. Irregular dark brown spots are present on the flanks. – A Synopsis of Neotropical Hylid Frogs, Genus Osteocephalus by Linda Trueb William E. Duellman
  19. There was something " irregular" in them, it would appear. – Fletcher of Madeley by Frederic W. Macdonald