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spasmodic

(rarely), spasmodical
of or characterized by spasms
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At times, all joined in, the control of the quietest breaking down before the wave of excitement and fear that swept spasmodically over all of them.
Then it was that his lips half writhed into a snarl, and the hair of his neck and shoulders involuntarily bristled, while he half crouched for a spring, his claws spasmodically clutching into the snow-surface for firmer footing.
It stiffened spasmodically, twitched and was still, yet the bulls continued to lacerate it until the beautiful coat was torn to shreds.
The muscles of his whole body contracted spasmodically and instinctively, the hair on his neck and shoulders stood on end, and with a ferocious snarl he bounded straight up into the blinding day, the snow flying about him in a flashing cloud.
We went up to him, but he seemed unconscious, breathing spasmodically. She took charge of him, lifting his head to keep the blood out of it and despatching me to the cabin for a pillow.
Others worked spasmodically, like the wild Irish playwright, who would shut himself up for a week at a time, then emerge, pale and drawn, to play like a madman against the time of his next retirement.
His face worked spasmodically. He seemed about to shout.
Apparently the sugar modifies the nervous impulses that tell the muscles in the diaphragm to contract spasmodically.
More important than that, however, is the need to stamp out the returning hooligan problem which surfaces spasmodically at club level but with increasing frequency whenever the national team play.
Brazier figured spasmodically during Keegan's spell at Fulham last season and the 23-year-old wingback still simmers over his 16 months by the Thames.
With water temperature struggling to get much above two degrees, the fish are feeding spasmodically, usually after 3pm when the water is at its warmest, but even so some carp have been taken on maggot.
But there were dark periods, particularly when he was around the age of eight and his father started to beat him spasmodically, for little or no reason.