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Definition affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; resembling a spasm;
or: occurring in spells and often abruptly
  • She sits and her cane flexes against the gravel and the boy clicks his buttons in spasmodic flurries.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • The wound quickened spasmodically as if it responded to light.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • I could see that he was still breathing-spasmodically.
    Elie Wiesel  --  Night
  • Her fingers closed spasmodically around it.
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • We went up to him, but he seemed unconscious, breathing spasmodically.
    Jack London  --  Sea Wolf
  • You admit then that the absence of spasmodic movement was phenomenal.
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • "No, no, no!" said Tom, holding her small hands, which were clenched with spasmodic violence.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom's Cabin
  • Perhaps a little too spasmodically I drew my revolver, aimed quickly and fired.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Island of Dr. Moreau
  • _) _Nora_ (_gropes distractedly about, seizes_ HELMER'S _domino, throws it round her, while she says in quick, hoarse, spasmodic whispers_).
    Henrik Ibsen  --  A Doll's House
  • "What is it?" said Sue, her spasmodic breathing suspended.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Jude the Obscure
  • Joan heard Jim gasp and his hand tightened spasmodically upon hers.
    Zane Grey  --  The Border Legion
  • His face worked spasmodically.
    Sherwood Anderson  --  Winesburg, Ohio
  • After which Mr Dorrit was seized with a doze for about a minute, out of which he sprang with spasmodic nimbleness.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • His hands in the pockets of his dinner-jacket tightened spasmodically.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  Winter Dreams
  • There could be seen spasmodic gulpings at his throat.
    Stephen Crane  --  The Red Badge of Courage
  • But the burning brimstone went up his nostrils and into his lungs, causing him to cough spasmodically.
    Jack London  --  To Build a Fire
  • —I wonder if your eyes and ears ever make anything save spasmodic contact with your brain.
    Harper Lee  --  Go Set a Watchman
  • Who does he think,' he demanded, sniffing spasmodically and wiping his nose with the back of his sturdy wrist, 'he is, a cop or something?
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • A quick impulse that was somewhat spasmodic impelled her fingers to close in a sort of clutch upon his hand.
    Kate Chopin  --  The Awakening
  • The lion's tail twitched spasmodically as he prepared to spring.
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Breaking Dawn

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