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  • LEE HOLLETT, ALS PATIENT: My right leg was kind of spasmic and very weak.

    CNN Transcript May 5, 2007

  • Nor you, Yosemite – nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyser-loops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,

    walt whitman | election day, november, 1884 « poetry dispatch & other notes from the underground

  • But are these deluges & droughts, whirlwinds & glaciations no more than overextended metaphors of some kind of suicidal self-hate, the expressions of deep internal conflicts resolvable only in a series of spasmic collisions with an ever yielding external reality?

    End of The Moon, A Phoney Meteor and The Man From Planet X!

  • But are these deluges & droughts, whirlwinds & glaciations no more than overextended metaphors of some kind of suicidal self-hate, the expressions of deep internal conflicts resolvable only in a series of spasmic collisions with an ever yielding external reality?

    Archive 2007-03-01

  • But are these deluges & droughts, whirlwinds & glaciations no more than overextended metaphors of some kind of suicidal self-hate, the expressions of deep internal conflicts resolvable only in a series of spasmic collisions with an ever yielding external reality?

    The End Of The Moon

  • But are these deluges & droughts, whirlwinds & glaciations no more than overextended metaphors of some kind of suicidal self-hate, the expressions of deep internal conflicts resolvable only in a series of spasmic collisions with an ever yielding external reality?

    Archive 2005-10-01

  • The slender, spasmic, blue-white jets—the bringing to bear of the hooks and ladders, and their execution, 70

    Song of the Broad-Axe

  • The slender, spasmic blue-white jets -- the bringing to

    Leaves of Grass [1867]

  • Nor you, Yosemite -- nor Yellowstone, with all its spasmic geyser-loops ascending to the skies, appearing and disappearing,

    Leaves of Grass

  • The slender, spasmic, blue-white jets, the bringing to bear of the hooks and ladders and their execution,

    Leaves of Grass

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  • Does anyone know if this is an archaic form of spasmodic? I can't find a definition for it anywhere online.

    November 7, 2008

  • According to OED2 it means "spasmodic" or "convulsive", but it's not listed as archaic. Google Books shows lots of recent usages.

    November 7, 2008

  • Thanks mollusque!

    November 7, 2008