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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.spasmodically - with spasms; "the mouth was slightly open, and jerked violently and spasmodically at one corner"
2.spasmodically - in spurts and fits; "I began to write intermittently and spasmodically"
Translations

spasmodically

[spæzˈmɒdɪkəlɪ] ADV
1. (Med) → de forma espasmódica
2. (= intermittently) → de forma irregular, de forma intermitente

spasmodically

[spæzˈmɒdɪkəli] adv (= intermittently) → spasmodiquement

spasmodically

adv (Med) → krampfartig; (fig)sporadisch, hin und wieder; growin Schüben, schubweise

spasmodically

[spæzˈmɒdɪklɪ] adv (fig) (grow) → irregolarmente; (attempt, work) → in modo discontinuo
References in classic literature ?
Out of the bottomless profundities the gigantic tail seems spasmodically snatching at the highest heaven.
Perhaps a little too spasmodically I drew my revolver, aimed quickly and fired.
Prince Hippolyte laughed spasmodically as he stood in the porch waiting for the vicomte whom he had promised to take home.
Kho voiced a single horrid scream, stiffened spasmodically and sank to the earth.
The unexpectedness of the crushing hurt of it caused him to yelp and at the same time instinctively and spasmodically to pull back with all his strength.
And now abating in his flurry, the whale once more rolled out into view; surging from side to side; spasmodically dilating and contracting his spout-hole, with sharp, cracking, agonized respirations.
She must have seen what he was after, and should ha' refused him," cried Retty spasmodically.
She struggled for self-control, and I saw her hands clench and unclench spasmodically.
His fingers clenched and unclenched spasmodically as he approached the trembling Russ, beastlike and ominous as a brute of prey.
All sorts were represented there, from the successful diamond digger who was spasmodically embracing a lady in black jet of distinctly Jewish proclivities, to a sporting lord who had been killing lions.
And from the wings a hideously bent and disfigured old man watched the tableau in the box, his pock-marked features working spasmodically in varying expressions that might have marked every sensation in the gamut from pleasure to terror.
He feels that for a Dedlock to be laid upon his back and spasmodically twitched and stabbed in his extremities is a liberty taken somewhere, but he thinks, "We have all yielded to this; it belongs to us; it has for some hundreds of years been understood that we are not to make the vaults in the park interesting on more ignoble terms; and I submit myself to the compromise.