a. affected by involuntary jerky muscular contractions; periodic
The spasmodic coughing in the auditorium annoyed the performers.
Sentence in Classic:
Nothing disturbed the tranquillity of the Castle, but the occasional tumbling open of John and Miss Skiffins: which little doors were a prey to some spasmodic infirmity that made me sympathetically uncomfortable until I got used to it.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
It was the first time she had ever come across the results of her spasmodic benevolence, and the surprised sense of human fellowship took the mortal chill from her heart.
House of Mirth By Edith Wharton Context
She heard her own breath pass from loud evenness to spasmodic sobbing but her eyes were dry and burning as though there would never be tears in them again.
Gone With The Wind By Margaret Mitche Context
A continual cascade played at the bows; a ceaseless whirling eddy in her wake; and, at the slightest motion from within, even but of a little finger, the vibrating, cracking craft canted over her spasmodic gunwale into the sea.
Moby Dick By Herman Melville Context
A quick impulse that was somewhat spasmodic impelled her fingers to close in a sort of clutch upon his hand.
The Awakening By Kate Chopin Context
Prince Hippolyte laughed spasmodically as he stood in the porch waiting for the vicomte whom he had promised to take home.
War and Peace(V1) By Leo Tolstoy Context