- 1Occurring or done in brief, irregular bursts: spasmodic fighting continuedMore 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.
- 2Caused by, subject to, or in the nature of a spasm or spasms: a spasmodic coughMore 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.
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- 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.
late 17th century: from modern Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasma (see spasm).