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spas·mod·ic

 (spăz-mŏd′ĭk)
adj.
1. Relating to, affected by, or having the character of a spasm; convulsive.
2. Happening intermittently; fitful: spasmodic rifle fire.
3. Given to sudden outbursts of energy or feeling; excitable.

[New Latin spasmōdicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasmos, spasm; see spasm.]

spas·mod′i·cal·ly adv.

spasmodic

(spæzˈmɒdɪk) or rarely

spasmodical

adj
1. taking place in sudden brief spells
2. (Pathology) of or characterized by spasms
[C17: New Latin, from Greek spasmos a spasm]
spasˈmodically adv

spas•mod•ic

(spæzˈmɒd ɪk)

also spas•mod′i•cal,



adj.
1. pertaining to or of the nature of a spasm; characterized by spasms.
2. resembling a spasm; sudden but brief; sporadic: spasmodic efforts at reform.
3. given to or characterized by bursts of excitement.
[1675–85; < Medieval Latin spasmodicus < Greek spasmṓd(ēs) spasmodic (derivative of spasmós spasm; see -ode1) + Latin -icus -ic]
spas•mod′i•cal•ly, adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.spasmodic - affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm; "convulsive motions"; "his body made a spasmodic jerk"; "spastic movements"
unsteady - subject to change or variation; "her unsteady walk"; "his hand was unsteady as he poured the wine"; "an unsteady voice"
2.spasmodic - occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire"
sporadic - recurring in scattered and irregular or unpredictable instances; "a city subjected to sporadic bombing raids"

spasmodic

adjective sporadic, irregular, erratic, intermittent, jerky, fitful, convulsive My husband's work was so spasmodic.
Translations

spasmodic

[spæzˈmɒdɪk] ADJ
1. (Med) → espasmódico
2. (= intermittent) → irregular, intermitente

spasmodic

[spæzˈmɒdɪk] adj [sobs] → spasmodique; [interest, fighting, activity] → sporadique

spasmodic

adj (Med) → krampfartig, spasmisch, spasmodisch (spec); (fig: = occasional) → sporadisch; growthschubweise; his generosity was spasmodicer hatte Phasen or Anfälle von Großzügigkeit

spasmodic

[spæzˈmɒdɪk] adj (Med) → spasmodico/a (fig) (growth) → irregolare
she made spasmodic attempts to give up smoking → ha tentato più volte di smettere di fumare

spasmodic

adj espasmódico
References in classic literature ?
A quick impulse that was somewhat spasmodic impelled her fingers to close in a sort of clutch upon his hand.
First, every drawer in the tall, old-fashioned bureau is to be opened, with difficulty, and with a succession of spasmodic jerks then, all must close again, with the same fidgety reluctance.
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.
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.
said Tom, holding her small hands, which were clenched with spasmodic violence.
accompany- ing himself with the painfully exact and spasmodic gestures which a machine might have used -- supposing the machine to be a trifle out of order.
Rochester, on hearing the name, set his teeth; he experienced, too, a sort of strong convulsive quiver; near to him as I was, I felt the spasmodic movement of fury or despair run through his frame.
Instantly afterwards, the company were seized with unspeakable consternation, owing to his springing to his feet, turning round several times in an appalling spasmodic whooping-cough dance, and rushing out at the door; he then became visible through the window, violently plunging and expectorating, making the most hideous faces, and apparently out of his mind.
His breathing was slow, and some spasmodic movements of the muscles agitated his face.
Or in some narrow pathway, glancing with a transitory daring into the eyes of some lithe, white-swathed female figure, I would suddenly see (with a spasmodic revulsion) that she had slit-like pupils, or glancing down note the curving nail with which she held her shapeless wrap about her.
That,' said a very young man, making spasmodic efforts to relight his cigar over the lamp; `that .
The only offensive operation men ventured upon after that night was the preparation of mines and pitfalls, and even in that their energies were frantic and spasmodic.