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spasmodic

Line breaks: spas|mod¦ic
Pronunciation: /spazˈmɒdɪk
 
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Definition of spasmodic in English:

adjective

1Occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts: spasmodic fighting continued
More example sentences
  • The orchestra comes to life in spasmodic bursts.
  • The band bring abrasive but melodic rock that comes complete with spasmodic on-stage performance.
  • She gives a last little spasmodic lunge and then pulls away and takes a deep breath.
Synonyms
intermittent, fitful, irregular, sporadic, erratic, occasional, infrequent, scattered, patchy, isolated, odd, uneven, periodic, periodical, recurring, recurrent, on and off
2Caused by, subject to, or in the nature of a spasm or spasms: a spasmodic cough
More example sentences
  • Hiccups are the spasmodic, involuntary contraction of the diaphragm that is caused by irritation of the nerves that supply these muscles.
  • In a letter to Emily Howland, Washington described Benson as ‘whimsical, spasmodic and rather superficial.’
  • The oil is topically applied to relieve spasmodic pains.

Origin

late 17th century: from modern Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasma (see spasm).

Derivatives

spasmodically

1
adverb
Example sentences
  • The rumbles of thunder continued spasmodically above our heads, and the streets occasionally lit up in a flash of lightening.
  • Its little brown form quivered spasmodically as it sneezed.
  • He coughed spasmodically before gasping out his next words.

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