Definition of spasmodic adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    spasmodic

     adjective
    adjective
    BrE BrE//spæzˈmɒdɪk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//spæzˈmɑːdɪk//
     
     
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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. The enemy attacks virtually ceased although spasmodic fighting continued for another month. The training given was spasmodic and followed no organized pattern.
  2. 2(specialist) caused by your muscles becoming tight in a way that you cannot control spasmodic movements
  3. Word Origin late 17th cent.: from modern Latin spasmodicus, from Greek spasmōdēs, from spasma, from span ‘pull’.
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