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ir·reg·u·lar / iˈregyələr/ • adj. 1. not even or balanced in shape or arrangement: her features were too irregular. ∎  occurring at uneven or varying rates or intervals: an irregular heartbeat. ∎  Bot. (of a flower) having the petals differing in size and shape; zygomorphic. 2. contrary to the rules or to that which is normal or established: they were questioned about their involvement in irregular financial dealings. ∎  (of troops) not belonging to regular or established army units. ∎  Gram. (of a verb or other word) having inflections that do not conform to the usual rules. • n. (usu. irregulars) 1. a member of an irregular military force. 2. an imperfect piece of merchandise sold at a reduced price. DERIVATIVES: ir·reg·u·lar·ly adv.

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IRREGULAR. A term for linguistic forms that are exceptional in that they cannot be predicted by general RULES: children as the plural of child, because it is not formed, as most noun plurals are, by adding -s. See REGULAR.

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irregular See ZYGOMORPHIC.

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