twitch

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v twitch make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion "his face is twitching"
    • v twitch move or pull with a sudden motion
    • v twitch squeeze tightly between the fingers "He pinched her behind","She squeezed the bottle"
    • v twitch move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions "The patient's legs were jerkings"
    • v twitch toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
    • n twitch a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Twitch A short, spastic contraction of the fibers or muscles; a simple muscular contraction; as, convulsive twitches; a twitch in the side.
    • Twitch (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.
    • Twitch The act of twitching; a pull with a jerk; a short, sudden, quick pull; as, a twitch by the sleeve.
    • v. t Twitch 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. "Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • twitch To pull or draw with a hasty jerk; snatch; jerk away.
    • twitch To give a short, sudden pull or tug at; jerk at; cause to move quickly or spasmodically.
    • twitch To nip; squeeze; make fast; tie tightly.
    • twitch To be suddenly jerked; move or contract quickly or spasmodically, as a muscle.
    • twitch To carp; sneer; make flings. Compare jerk, intransitive verb, 2.
    • n twitch A short, sharp pull or tug; a jerk or snatch.
    • n twitch A short, spastic contraction of the fibers of muscles; a stitch; a twinge: as, a twitch in the side; convulsive twitches; especially, such a movement when causing pain: sometimes applied to moral pangs.
    • n twitch A pair of nippers or tweezers.
    • n twitch A noose attached to a stock or handle and twisted around the upper lip of a horse so as to bring him under command when shoeing or clipping: an instrument used for holding a vicious horse.
    • n twitch In mining, a sudden narrowing of a vein so that the walls come nearly or quite together.
    • twitch A dialectal variant of touch.
    • n twitch The quitch or quitch-grass, Agropyrum repens. The name is also applied to the bent-grass, Agrostis vulgaris, and to a few other grasses, as the sheep's-fescue, Festuca ovina, called black twitch.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Twitch twich to pull with a sudden jerk: to pluck: to snatch
    • v.i Twitch to be suddenly jerked: to move spasmodically: to carp, sneer
    • n Twitch a sudden, quick pull: a spasmodic contraction of the muscles: a loop fixed to a stick for fixing on the upper lip of a refractory horse during shoeing, &c.: the sudden narrowing almost to nothing of a vein of ore
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Quotations

  • Virgil
    Virgil
    “Death twitches my ear. Live, he says, I am coming.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
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. Tweak

Usage

In literature:

She came along at that swift, pattering walk of hers, her nose in the air, and ears twitching.
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
Brayley's brows twitched into a scowling frown.
"Under Handicap" by Jackson Gregory
The record of another lighter moment twitched itself out of a day that was forgotten.
"Hilda" by Sarah Jeanette Duncan
At thought of her, he rose to his feet and smiled at Ann with twitching lips.
"From the Valley of the Missing" by Grace Miller White
Topanashka's eyelids twitched angrily; he was amazed.
"The Delight Makers" by Adolf Bandelier
This sensation is followed by a twitching of the muscles of the part.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
After a few twitchings of the limbs, the body quivered, and hung still.
"The Story of Cooperstown" by Ralph Birdsall
One side of his mouth twitched continually, making the man look as though he were laughing.
"The Space Pioneers" by Carey Rockwell
Then her lips began to twitch.
"Then I'll Come Back to You" by Larry Evans
Note the preliminary negative twitch, which is sometimes also observed in responses of frog's retina.
"Response in the Living and Non-Living" by Jagadis Chunder Bose
His eyes were gleaming, his face haggard, but his pale lips twitched with a smile.
"Brigands of the Moon" by Ray Cummings
The mother's face twitched as she noted the kiss, and her eyes softened a little.
"The Woman's Way" by Charles Garvice
He began twitching a little.
"Four-Day Planet" by Henry Beam Piper
Her nose was twitching.
"The Way of Ambition" by Robert Hichens
The old lady as she turned away glanced at her; and Isabel saw that her face was all twitching with the effort to keep back her tears.
"By What Authority?" by Robert Hugh Benson
It twitched and lay still.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
The young King was pale, and the expression of his twitching face was one of pain.
"The Eternal City" by Hall Caine
Something twitched me sharply over the cheeks.
"The Rifle Rangers" by Captain Mayne Reid
Five feet of snake twitched along behind her as she started on a run toward the ranch.
"The Little Colonel: Maid of Honor" by Annie Fellows Johnston
Olive's lips twitched at the corners.
"The Brentons" by Anna Chapin Ray
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In poetry:

Red his cheeks beneath their griming
Bum; his wide mouth sadly twitches,
And his beautiful big eyes are
Piteously o'erbrimmed with sorrow.
"The North Sea -- First Cycle" by Heinrich Heine
He dreams, strangely smiling and sighing.
Karker gazes as though bewitched.
"Why did I see his body lying
In blood? and why is his right brow twitched?
"Hakon Jarl's Death" by Adam Gottlob Oehlenschlaeger
There is no end to Labour 'neath the sun;
There is no end of labouring--but One;
And though we "twitch (or not) our Mantle blue,"
"To-morrow to fresh Woods, and Pastures new."
"The Last Proof" by Henry Austin Dobson
This Britain slumbering, she is rich;
Lies placid as a cradled child;
At times with an uneasy twitch,
That tells of dreams unduly wild.
Shall she be with a foreign drug defiled?
"The Call" by George Meredith
Yea, some would be sobbing, and some would pray,
And some hurl hateful names;
But the best had never a word to say;
They turned their twitching faces away,
And their eyes were like hot flames.
"The Blood-Red Fourragere" by Robert W Service
There's men 'oo never knoo ole Mick, an' passed 'im in the street,
An' looks away an' sez, "See 'im? A narsty chap to meet!
'E'd be an ugly customer alone an' after dark!"
An' Mick, 'e'd twitch 's jor at 'em, 'arf earnest, 'arf a lark.
"Introduction to Ginger Mick" by C J Dennis

In news:

For the next half-hour, he didn't twitch a muscle.
Seven men and women talk about living with the twitches of Tourette's.
Dalvin Tomlinson a 'quick- twitch guy' who could have helped Tide this season, Nick Saban says.
Planetside 2 to incorporate live-playcasting from Twitch .
Involuntary twitch is to blame for wayward short putts.
Twitch , Alienware, And SteelSeries Give Away $50,000 Worth Of Gaming Scholarships.
He says the non-stop twitching makes his young patients uncomfortable.
Oyas, a pediatrician, says the non-stop twitching makes his young patients uncomfortable.
Famous Stars and Straps throws Jeremy ' Twitch ' Stenberg a party in Hollywood.
Twitch s 420% All-Natural Preview.
Oz helps cure some of your quirkier ailments, from eye twitches to brain freeze.
The area had received attention from Erin Brockovich after a cluster of teen girls in the area suffered unusual twitches .
"Then I couldn't twitch , so it made it even worse, and I was freaking out even more," she said.
Less common, but still well represented, are certain types of tics and twitches .
How Twitter Was Nearly Called Twitch: Twitter Co-Founder Jack Dorsey on Coming Up with a Name.
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