Definition of Twitch

1. Noun. A sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition.

Exact synonyms: Twitching, Vellication
Generic synonyms: Cramp, Muscle Spasm, Spasm
Specialized synonyms: Tic, Blepharism, Fibrillation, Fasciculation
Derivative terms: Vellicate

2. Verb. Make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion. "His face is twitching"
Exact synonyms: Jerk
Specialized synonyms: Fibrillate
Generic synonyms: Move Involuntarily, Move Reflexively
Related verbs: Jerk
Derivative terms: Jerk, Jerking, Twitching

3. Verb. Move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions. "The patient's legs were jerkings"
Exact synonyms: Jerk
Related verbs: Jerk
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Jerk, Jerk, Jerking, Twitching

4. Verb. Toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air.
Exact synonyms: Flip
Generic synonyms: Move
Derivative terms: Flip

5. Verb. Squeeze tightly between the fingers. "They twitch the trees"; "She squeezed the bottle"
Exact synonyms: Nip, Pinch, Squeeze, Tweet, Twinge
Generic synonyms: Grip
Specialized synonyms: Goose, Tweak
Derivative terms: Nipper, Pinch, Squeeze, Squeeze

6. Verb. Move or pull with a sudden motion.
Generic synonyms: Draw, Force, Pull
Specialized synonyms: Skitter

Definition of Twitch

1. v. t. 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 grapes.

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

Definition of Twitch

1. Noun. A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm. ¹

2. Noun. (informal) Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To perform a twitch; spasm. ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To jerk sharply and briefly. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one. ¹

6. Noun. couch grass, a species of grass, often considered as a weed. ¹

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Definition of Twitch

1. to move or pull with a sudden motion [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Twitch

1. 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 fibres or muscles; a simple muscular contraction; as, convulsive twitches; a twitch in the side. 3. 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. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Twitch

twisting in the wind
twists in the wind
twitch (current term)
twitch muscle

Literary usage of Twitch

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1. The Horse: With a Treatise of Draught and a Copious Index by William Youatt (1831)
"Among the minor methods of restraint, but sufficient for many purposes, are the twitch and the barnacles. The former consists of a noose passed through a ..."

2. Electro-physiology by Wilhelm Biedermann (1898)
"The excitability of the nerve sinks gradually as the alcohol Flo. 193.—End of scries, Fig. 1!H. Decrease of break twitch II to zero, with persistence (and ..."

3. The Training and Breaking of Horses by Merritt Wesley Harper (1918)
"Better results can be obtained from some form of twitch. Lip-twitch. — This is made by tying a loop in a small rope, such as sash-cord, through a hole in ..."

4. Werner's Readings and Recitations (1896)
"twitch right eye. twitch left eye. twitch down right twitch down left corner ... Extend both corners of twitch nose upward. Open and close the mouth with a ..."

5. Three Days by Rose Macaulay (1852)
"BURNING twitch THE twitch is gathered in from the plough-lands, And forked up in heaps, to dry. It has lain there against the June burning, And to-day the ..."

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