Definition of spasmodic adjective from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

     

    spasmodic

     adjective
    adjective
    NAmE//spæzˈmɑdɪk//
     
     
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  1. 1happening suddenly for short periods of time; not regular or continuous a spasmodic interest in politics There was spasmodic fighting in the area yesterday.
  2. 2(technology) caused by your muscles becoming tight in a way that you cannot control spasmodic movements
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NAmE//spæzˈmɑdɪkli//
 
adverb Her involvement with the organization continued spasmodically for fifteen years. His hand jerked spasmodically.
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