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  • n. Plural form of spasm.
  • v. Third-person singular simple present indicative form of spasm.


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  • It had during its continuance brought on breathlessness on exertion, and what she called spasms or "grippings at the heart," no doubt the basis of her uneasy feelings in left hypochondrium.

    The Journal of Abnormal Psychology

  • A volcanic eruption and a tsunami killed scores of people hundreds of miles apart in Indonesia - spasms from the Pacific "Ring of Fire," which spawns disasters from deep within the Earth.

    Indonesia Hit By Tsunami, Volcanic Eruption

  • You can be in spasms and the doctors can't tell you why.

  • Blues D Bryce Salvador did not dress a day after leaving with back spasms from a first-period cross-check by Nashville's Jason Arnott, and Murray said Salvador was day to day. ...

  • The smile grows and grows until the moment of triumph when they simply fall on the floor in spasms of laughter.

    AKMA’s Random Thoughts

  • I asked innocently, and of a sudden became aware that he was rocking to and fro in short spasms of inward laughter.

    News from the Duchy

  • His organ, deflating in short spasms like an old man coughing,

    feminist blogs

  • For the squeamish reader it will be enough to say that between midnight and three o'clock we experienced every known symptom of violent food-poisoning; sweated, shivered, writhed, retched and all the rest of it; clasped our stomachs in spasms of pain which, like those of childbirth, forced groans out of us against our will; thought, during brief limp intervals, of our home in England which we should never see again; wondered whether our bodies would be sent back there or buried beside the Ebro; and hoped the children would not miss us very much.

    Try Anything Twice

  • Frank and G. J.’s mom scream at each other in spasms of mutual distrust and miscomprehension, and she tries, within her limited emotional range, to explain why she was such a bad parent.

    Quirked Around

  • Has anyone noticed how the country (and our two-faced president) is in spasms of sorrow over this incident, while five times that many people died in Iraq the same day? (

    ccfinlay: To Stare Into The Abyss And See It Blink


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