Definition of spasmodic in English:

spasmodic

Syllabification: spas·mod·ic
Pronunciation: /spazˈmädik
 
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adjective

  • 1Occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts: spasmodic fighting continued
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    • 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, periodic, periodical, on and off
    informal herky-jerky
  • 1.1Caused by, subject to, or in the nature of a spasm or spasms: a spasmodic cough
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    • 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.

Derivatives

spasmodically

Pronunciation: /-ik(ə)lē/
adverb
More 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.

Origin

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

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