[ adjective ] not having a steady rhythm


"an arrhythmic heartbeat"

Used in print

(Ann Hebson, The Lattimer Legend....)

Beth was very still and her breath came in small jerking gasps .

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[ noun ] an abrupt spasmodic movement


jolt jerk

Used in print

(Dolores Hitchens, Footsteps in the Night....)

He could tell them his fears of being involved , he could explain what had happened in the old neighborhood and how Mae had misunderstood and how she had held it over him - the scene was complete in his mind at the moment , even to his own jerkings and snivelings , and Ferguson 's silent patience .

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motion yank twitch buck jolt flick