in sudden, brief, or sporadic bursts:The plane engine began to cough and sputter spasmodically.Mail arrived only spasmodically, so communication with the outside world was limited.
- un·spas·mod·i·cal·ly, adverb
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How to use spasmodically in a sentence
Hancock has spasmodic dysphonia, which makes it difficult to speak.
It was a conversation pressed spasmodically by the guerrillas, with a view to a negotiated political settlement with the U.S.
Bascomb muttered something to himself, his shoulders heaved and his hands clenched spasmodically.Motor Matt's "Century" Run | Stanley R. Matthews
Then, at Cordelia's amazed look of shocked distress, she hugged her spasmodically.The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
For a moment he knelt gasping beside the shapeless being, his great hands spasmodically feeling the pulseless breast.When Valmond Came to Pontiac, Complete | Gilbert Parker
His eager, nervous face was white; his chipmunk eyes narrowed; his great hands, held palm backward, clutched spasmodically.Blazed Trail Stories | Stewart Edward White
Her fingers clenched spasmodically, as though she already felt the hilt of the fatal blade between them.The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham