twitching

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twitch

 (twĭch)
v. twitched, twitch·ing, twitch·es
v.tr.
To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk: I twitched my fishing line.
v.intr.
1. To move jerkily or spasmodically.
2. To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
n.
1. A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement: a twitch of the eye.
2. A sudden pulling; a tug: The fish gave my line a twitch.
3. A sudden, sharp pain.

[Middle English twicchen; possibly akin to Low German twikken.]

twitch′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twitching - a sudden muscle spasmtwitching - a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
cramp, muscle spasm, spasm - a painful and involuntary muscular contraction
tic - a local and habitual twitching especially in the face
blepharism - condition in which a person blinks continuously
fibrillation - muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination
fasciculation - muscular twitching of contiguous groups of muscle fibers