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English Dictionary: fitful by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
fitful
adj
  1. occurring in spells and often abruptly; "fitful bursts of energy"; "spasmodic rifle fire"
    Synonym(s): fitful, spasmodic
  2. intermittently stopping and starting; "fitful (or interrupted) sleep"; "off-and-on static"
    Synonym(s): fitful, interrupted, off-and-on(a)
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Fitful \Fit"ful\, a. [From 7th {Fit}.]
      Full of fits; irregularly variable; impulsive and unstable.
  
               After life's fitful fever, he sleeps well. --Shak.
      -- {Fit"ful*ly}, adv. -- {Fit"ful*ness}, n.
  
               The victorious trumpet peal Dies fitfully away.
                                                                              --Macaulay.
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