Definitions for: Jerk

[n] an abrupt spasmodic movement
[n] a sudden abrupt pull
[n] a dull stupid fatuous person
[n] (mechanics) the rate of change of velocity
[v] make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
[v] throw or toss with a quick motion; "flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"
[v] pull, or move with a sudden movement; "He turned the handle and jerked the door open.."
[v] jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched, as of horses
[v] move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"

Webster (1913) Definition: Jerk, v. t. [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.]
To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as,
jerk beef. See Charqui.

Jerk, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Jerked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Jerking.] [Akin to yerk, and perh. also to yard a measure.]
1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] --Florio.

2. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull,
or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to
jerk a coat off.

3. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the
hand; as, to jerk a stone.

Jerk, v. i.
1. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by
starts. --Milton.

2. To flout with contempt.

Jerk, n.
1. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake,
or similar motion.

His jade gave him a jerk. --B. Jonson.

2. A sudden start or spring.

Lobsters . . . swim backwards by jerks or springs.

Synonyms: buck, dork, flick, flip, hitch, jerking, jolt, rate of acceleration, tug, twitch, twitch, yank

See Also: draw, fibrillate, force, misfit, motility, motion, move, move, move involuntarily, move reflexively, movement, pull, pull, pulling, push, rate

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