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ˈspæz əmspasm

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. spasm, cramp, muscle spasmnoun

    a painful and involuntary muscular contraction

  2. spasmnoun

    (pathology) sudden constriction of a hollow organ (as a blood vessel)

Wiktionary

  1. spasmnoun

    A sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, a group of muscles, or a hollow organ.

    Etymology: From spasme, from spasmus, from . Compare span.

  2. spasmnoun

    A violent, excruciating seizure of pain.

    Etymology: From spasme, from spasmus, from . Compare span.

  3. spasmnoun

    A sudden and temporary burst of energy, activity, or emotion.

    Etymology: From spasme, from spasmus, from . Compare span.

  4. spasmverb

    To produce and undergo a spasm.

    Etymology: From spasme, from spasmus, from . Compare span.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Spasmverb

    an involuntary and unnatural contraction of one or more muscles or muscular fibers

    Etymology: [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. , from , , to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. Span, v. t.]

  2. Spasmverb

    a sudden, violent, and temporary effort or emotion; as, a spasm of repentance

    Etymology: [F. spasme, L. spasmus, Gr. , from , , to draw, to cause convulsion. Cf. Span, v. t.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spasm

    spazm, n. an irregular and violent contraction of muscular parts—involuntary even when the voluntary muscles are concerned. When persistent it is tonic spasm or cramp, catalepsy, tetanus; when the relaxations alternate with the contractions, it is clonic spasm, as in epilepsy, convulsive hysteria, chorea, &c.—n. Spasmod′ic, a medicine for removing spasms.—adjs. Spasmod′ic, -al, relating to, or consisting in, spasms: convulsive.—adv. Spasmod′ically, in a spasmodic manner: in fits.—ns. Spas′modist; Spasmol′ogy, scientific knowledge of spasms.—adj. Spas′tic, relating to spasms, spasmodic.—adv. Spas′tically.—n. Spastic′ity, tendency to spasm.—Spasmodic school, a group of English poets, including P. J. Bailey, Sydney Dobell, and Alexander Smith, marked by overstrained and unnatural sentiment and expression. [Fr. spasme—L. spasmus—Gr. spasmosspaein, to draw.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Spasm

    An involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles. Spasms may involve SKELETAL MUSCLE or SMOOTH MUSCLE.

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spasm in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spasm in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of spasm in a Sentence

  1. Alexis Tsipras:

    A frenzy of fear-mongering with the responsibility of the Prime Minister himself is a final spasm before the end, the countdown for the ruling coalition and its catastrophic policies has already started.

  2. George Steiner:

    The immense majority of human biographies are a gray transit between domestic spasm and oblivion.

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