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Word: fitful

Definition: spasmodic; intermittent; irregular


Sentences Containing 'fitful'

And that amazes me most in you, Steerforth--that you should be contented with such fitful uses of your powers.'
As Bethany drifts to sleep, she dreams of her abusive childhood and unintentionally sends a bedside lamp flying into Lilah, who was watching her fitful sleep.
But these were broken again by the light toes of hundreds of gay fowl softly feathering the sea, alternate with their fitful flight; and like to some flag-staff rising from the painted hull of an argosy, the tall but shattered pole of a recent lance projected from the white whale's back; and at intervals one of the cloud of soft-toed fowls hovering, and to and fro skimming like a canopy over the fish, silently perched and rocked on this pole, the long tail feathers streaming like pennons.
He suffers several fitful dreams, but after a few weeks, appears to have completely recovered.
In his recovered energy he was sometimes a little fitful and sudden, as he had at first been in the exercise of his other recovered faculties; but, this had never been frequently observable, and had grown more and more rare.
Peter Stack of the "San Francisco Chronicle" described it as "fitful, tritely amusing" and "filled with little but empty gestures, contrivance and jokes that fizzle."
The cabin lamp--taking long swings this way and that--was burning fitfully, and casting fitful shadows upon the old man's bolted door,--a thin one, with fixed blinds inserted, in place of upper panels.
Twice more in all; but, the last spell of work was feeble and fitful.
Various fitful political talks took place from then until the early 1990s, backed by schemes such as rolling devolution, and 1975 saw a brief Provisional IRA ceasefire.

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