irregular

I
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Not even]
Syn. uneven, spasmodic, fitful, uncertain, erratic, variable, aberrant, random, unsettled, inconstant, unsteady, fragmentary, unsystematic, occasional, infrequent, fluctuating, faltering, wavering, recurrent, intermittent, discontinuous, sporadic, changeable, capricious, casual, shifting, unmethodical, unreliable, unpredictable, jerky, up and down*; see also changing , unsteady 2 .
Ant. regular*, even, punctual.
2. [Not customary]
Syn. unique, extraordinary, unconventional, unorthodox, anomalous, unnatural, abnormal, peculiar; see also different 1 , unusual 2 .
3. [Questionable]
Syn. strange, improper, dubious; see questionable 2 , suspicious 2 .
4. [Not regular in form or outline]
Syn. not uniform, crooked, devious, unsymmetrical, asymmetrical, nonsymmetrical, uneven, unequal, craggy, hilly, broken, jagged, aberrant, notched, serrate, eccentric, elliptic, elliptical, bumpy, meandering, zigzagged, bent, unaligned, amorphous, variable, wobbly, lumpy, off balance, off center, protuberant, lopsided, pockmarked, scarred, crinkled, bristling, bumpy, sprawling, out of proportion, flawed, damaged, imperfect, cockeyed*, gallywampus*; see also bent , crooked 1 .
Syn.- irregular implies deviation from the customary or established rule, procedure, etc. [irregular conduct ] ; abnormal and anomalous imply deviation from the normal condition or from the ordinary type, abnormal stressing atypical form or character [ a man of abnormal height ] , and anomalous , stressing an exceptional condition or circumstance [ in the anomalous position of a leader without followers ] ; unnatural applies to that which is contrary to the order of nature or to natural laws [ an unnatural appetite for chalk ]
II
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. variable erratic, uneven, fitful, random, sporadic, inconsistent, changeable, disordered, spasmodic.
2. anomalous abnormal, deviant, unusual, odd, unexpected, strange, eccentric, singular, peculiar, quirky.
3. uneven asymmetrical, crooked, variable.
ANT.: 1. regular, consistent, even. 2. normal, typical, usual. 3. even, symmetrical
III
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Not straight, uniform, or symmetrical: asymmetric, asymmetrical. See SMOOTH, STRAIGHT. 2. Departing from the normal: aberrant, abnormal, anomalistic, anomalous, atypic, atypical, deviant, divergent, preternatural, unnatural. See GOOD, USUAL.

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  • irregular — (Del lat. irregulāris). 1. adj. Que está fuera de regla. 2. Contrario a ella. 3. Que no observa siempre el mismo comportamiento, o no rinde del mismo modo. 4. Que no sucede común y ordinariamente. 5. Geom. Dicho de un polígono o de un poliedro:… …   Diccionario de la lengua española

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  • irregular — ir·reg·u·lar /ir re gyə lər/ adj: not in accord with laws, rules, procedures, or established custom ir·reg·u·lar·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. ir …   Law dictionary

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