For three straight days, a spasm of violence has gripped Cairo, leaving 13 people dead and scores wounded.
Essentially, this is no more than a spasm of mindless and brutal high summer destruction.
A spasm of computer trouble yesterday delayed finishing some thoughts on Mitt Romney's USA Today op-ed about social safety nets.
Dantor closed his eyes, and a spasm of pain twisted his features.
Ma nearly had a spasm, but she liked the looks of things when we had finished.
The Custer massacre threw the whole country into a spasm of fear.
After a time the spasm relaxed, but her condition remained alarming.
Sally did not see him during a spasm, so that she did not know how noticeable the change was from day to day or from hour to hour.
The spasm loosed beads of perspiration which stood cold on his forehead.
A spasm of emotion passed over the woman's face and her hands clenched white with passion.
c.1400, from Old French spasme, from Latin spasmus "a spasm," from Greek spasmos "a spasm, convulsion," from span "draw up, tear away, contract violently, pull," from PIE *spe- "stretch." Figurative sense of "a sudden convulsion" (of emotion, politics, etc.) is attested from 1817.
1900, from spasm (n.). Related: Spasmed; spasming.
A sudden involuntary contraction of a muscle or group of muscles.
A muscle spasm.