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Word: spasmodic

Definition: fitful; periodic; of or like a spasm; N. spasm: sudden involuntary muscular contraction; sudden burst of energy or emotion

Sentences Containing 'spasmodic'

"Heated and irritated as he was by his spasmodic toil at the pumps, for all his first nameless feeling of forbearance the sweating Steelkilt could but ill brook this bearing in the mate; but somehow still smothering the conflagration within him, without speaking he remained doggedly rooted to his seat, till at last the incensed Radney shook the hammer within a few inches of his face, furiously commanding him to do his bidding.
'But before the balloons, save for spasmodic jumping and the inequalities of the surface, man had no freedom of vertical movement.'
'That,' said a very young man, making spasmodic efforts to relight his cigar over the lamp; 'that ...
-LRB- Much fumbling with pencil, on the part of the medium, accompanied by violent spasmodic jerkings of his head and body, for some little time.
A continual cascade played at the bows; a ceaseless whirling eddy in her wake; and, at the slightest motion from within, even but of a little finger, the vibrating, cracking craft canted over her spasmodic gunwale into the sea.
Ali turned his intelligent countenance towards the boy, on whom he gazed without any apparent emotion; but the spasmodic working of the nostrils showed to the practiced eye of Monte Cristo that the Arab had been wounded to the heart.
During the most violent shocks of the Typhoon, the man at the Pequod's jaw-bone tiller had several times been reelingly hurled to the deck by its spasmodic motions, even though preventer tackles had been attached to it--for they were slack--because some play to the tiller was indispensable.
He made a few spasmodic appearances at inside left, before switching to left half for a few matches near the end of the season.
Pathan's domestic season was interrupted by spasmodic limited overs duty.
The game itself was described by reporters as a ‘mixture of spasmodic football, frequent wrestling, occasional fisticuffs with many deliberate fouls and some interference from the sideline spectators.’ However, after the win by St.
The musical died after 23 performances doomed by its 'spasmodic merriment.'
``Oh,''observed Madame de Villefort,``it must be an admirable anti spasmodic.''

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