Definitions for: Twitch

[n] a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
[v] make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
[v] move or pull with a sudden motion
[v] squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
[v] move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"
[v] toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air

Webster (1913) Definition: Twitch, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twitched; p. pr. & vb. n.
Twitching.] [OE. twicchen, fr. (doubtful) AS. twiccian;
akin to AS. angeltwicca a worm used for bait, literally, a
hook twitcher, LG. twikken to tweak, G. zwicken. Cf.
To pull with a sudden jerk; to pluck with a short, quick
motion; to snatch; as, to twitch one by the sleeve; to twitch
a thing out of another's hand; to twitch off clusters of

Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear. --Pope.

Twitch, n.
1. The act of twitching; a pull with a jerk; a short, sudden,
quick pull; as, a twitch by the sleeve.

2. A short, spastic contraction of the fibers or muscles; a
simple muscular contraction; as, convulsive twitches; a
twitch in the side.

3. (Far.) A stick with a hole in one end through which passes
a loop, which can be drawn tightly over the upper lip or
an ear of a horse. By twisting the stick the compression
is made sufficiently painful to keep the animal quiet
during a slight surgical operation. --J. H. Walsh.

Synonyms: flip, jerk, jerk, nip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge, twitching, vellication

See Also: blepharism, cramp, draw, fasciculation, fibrillate, fibrillation, force, grip, move, move involuntarily, move reflexively, muscle spasm, pull, skitter, spasm, tic, tweak

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