• Ashes, ashes!' twittered the sparrows
    Ashes, ashes!' twittered the sparrows
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v twitter make high-pitched sounds, as of birds
    • n twitter a series of chirps
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Twitter A half-suppressed laugh; a fit of laughter partially restrained; a titter; a giggle.
    • Twitter A slight trembling or agitation of the nerves.
    • n Twitter One who twits, or reproaches; an upbraider.
    • Twitter The act of twittering; a small, tremulous, intermitted noise, as that made by a swallow.
    • Twitter To have a slight trembling of the nerves; to be excited or agitated.
    • Twitter To make a succession of small, tremulous, intermitted noises. "The swallow twittering from the straw-built shed."
    • Twitter To make the sound of a half-suppressed laugh; to titter; to giggle.
    • v. t Twitter To utter with a twitter.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n twitter A gardeners' name for certain plant-deformations caused by insects, notably a curious bunching and twisting of the carnation-plant caused by the work of anthomyiid larvæ. Some forms of twitter are caused by thrips and others by plantlice.
    • twitter To utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird; sing in bird-notes; chirp.
    • twitter To titter; giggle.
    • twitter To quiver; tremble; palpitate; hence, to be in a flutter or fright.
    • twitter To sing or utter in bird-notes; chirp out.
    • twitter To spin unevenly.
    • n twitter A chirp or series of chirps, as of a bird, especially the swallow.
    • n twitter A fit of laughter; a titter.
    • n twitter A tremble; a flutter; a general excitement; a pother: as, to be in (or of) a twitter, or to be in or on the twitters.
    • n twitter One who twits or reproaches.
    • n twitter A shred; a fragment: used in the plural.
    • n twitter The refuse or residuum of the case of the spermwhale, a gummy and thready substance left when the case is squeezed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Twitter twit′ėr a chirp, as of a bird: a tremulous broken sound: a slight trembling of the nerves
    • v.i Twitter to make a succession of small tremulous noises: to feel a slight trembling of the nerves, to palpitate
    • v.t Twitter to chirp out
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twiteren,; of imitative origin; cf. G. zwitschern, OHG. zwizzirōn, D. kwetteren, Sw. qvittra, Dan. quiddre,. Cf. Titter


In literature:

Birds were twittering out-of-doors, and there was a soft lapping of water on the shore.
"Prince Lazybones and Other Stories" by Mrs. W. J. Hays
Every sparrow twittered hope.
"Pearl of Pearl Island" by John Oxenham
She rose ponderously, while Betsey hesitated, being, as they would have said, all of a twitter.
"A Country Doctor and Selected Stories and Sketches" by Sarah Orne Jewett
Birds began to twitter; a morning breeze set all the trees a-whispering.
"The Romance of the Milky Way" by Lafcadio Hearn
And from their shelter came the welcome sound of a bird's twitter.
"The Bells of San Juan" by Jackson Gregory
Sunshine flooded in, and the twitter of swallows and hum of bees filled the air outside.
"The Day of the Beast" by Zane Grey
Some spring birds alighted on a nearby telephone wire, sending out twittering mating cries to each other.
"How To Write Special Feature Articles" by Willard Grosvenor Bleyer
In the park, the chestnuts were in full leaf; and surely a thousand birds were twittering and piping amongst their branches.
"Grey Roses" by Henry Harland
It was pleasant to wake to bright sunshine the next morning, and to hear the sparrows twittering in the ivy.
"Uncle Max" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
There was Lubin, mowing vigorously away, and the air was full of sweet garden scents and the early twittering of birds.
"Austin and His Friends" by Frederic H. Balfour

In poetry:

Our talk was of singers and sages,
But ever through all our words
There ran, like the sweetest of music,
The twitter and song of the birds.
"The House Of The Singing Birds" by Alexander Anderson
I. All's over, then: does truth sound bitter
As one at first believes?
Hark, 'tis the sparrows' good-night twitter
About your cottage eaves!
"The Lost Mistress" by Robert Browning
The swallows twitter in the sky,
But bare the nest within the eaves;
The fledglings of my care are gone,
And left me but the rustling leaves.
"Ripened Fruit" by Thomas O Hagan
The songs from the mountains of vision,
They thrill my ear and depart,
But the twitter that comes from the woodland
Sinks deep down into my heart.
"The Voices Of Singers" by Alexander Anderson
Swift, snowy-breasted sandbirds twittering glance
Through crystal air. On the horizon's marge,
Like a huge purple wraith,
The dusky fog retreats.
"Fog" by Emma Lazarus
The frost is keen, the wind is cold,
No wild-bird twitters from the spray,
But, still resounding as of old,
Thy voice thrills forth, and seems to say:
"To A Canary" by Thomas Frederick Young

In news:

Jean Le Boeuf 's Twitter restaurant review: Crust Pizzeria in Cape Coral.
Scenes from a Twitter Cafeteria Flashmob.
Hall of Famer George Brett uses Twitter to find lost dog.
Alex Ovechkin is back on Twitter and the world is wonderful again.
Bernt Michaels, Twitter bot .
A few months ago, Romney got a sudden landslide of 100,000 fake Twitter followers over the course of a weekend.
I would not visit the website that accompanies this Twitter bot 's bio.
The ' Bots Are Back, Giving Twitter Some Personality.
You can also follow him on Twitter, "Like" him on Facebook, download him on iTunes, and, of course, watch him on NBC's "The Voice".
Twitter Isn't a Bird- Brained Idea.
Follow Bill Oram on Twitter at @oramb and Kyle Goon on Twitter at @kylegoon.
He is in the top five of the Advertising Age Power 150, has nearly 200,000 Twitter followers and has already been added to more than 12,500 Google+ circles.
Here, Twitter reacts to the verdict.
Twitter Posted on Jun 28, 2012 @ 16:25.
He can be found on the Web at and on Twitter at @tranquilotravel.

In science:

Using the Twitter search API, we followed the same pattern of data acquisition as in section 3.1.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?
After that each of those tags were input into a process utilizing the Twitter streaming API and produced the first 1000 results matching each tag.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?
Some URIs, especially those that appear in Twitter, may be aliases for the same resource.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?
Counts.: Predicting the Speed, Scale, and Range of Information Diffusion in Twitter.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?
Rosson.: How and Why People Twitter: The Role that Microblogging Plays in Informal Communication at Work.
Losing My Revolution: How Many Resources Shared on Social Media Have Been Lost?