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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.
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twitch

(twɪtʃ)
vb
1. to move or cause to move in a jerky spasmodic way
2. (tr) to pull or draw (something) with a quick jerky movement
3. (intr) to hurt with a sharp spasmodic pain
4. (tr) rare to nip
n
5. a sharp jerking movement
6. a mental or physical twinge
7. (Medicine) a sudden muscular spasm, esp one caused by a nervous condition. Compare tic
8. (Horse Training, Riding & Manège) a loop of cord used to control a horse by drawing it tight about its upper lip
[Old English twiccian to pluck; related to Old High German zwecchōn to pinch, Dutch twicken]
ˈtwitching adj, n
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twitch

(twɪtʃ)

v.t.
1. to tug or pull at with a quick, short movement; pluck.
2. to jerk rapidly.
3. to move (a part of the body) with a sudden, jerking motion.
4. to pinch or pull at sharply and painfully; give a smarting pinch to; nip.
v.i.
5. to move spasmodically or convulsively; jerk; jump.
6. to give a sharp, sudden pull; tug; pluck (usu. fol. by at).
7. to ache or hurt with a sharp, shooting pain; twinge.
n.
8. a quick, jerky movement of the body or of some part of it.
9. involuntary, spasmodic movement of a muscle; tic.
10. a bodily or mental twinge, as of pain, conscience, etc.; pang.
[1125–75; Middle English twicchen; akin to Old English twiccian to pluck]
twitch′er, n.
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twitch


Past participle: twitched
Gerund: twitching

Imperative
twitch
twitch
Present
I twitch
you twitch
he/she/it twitches
we twitch
you twitch
they twitch
Preterite
I twitched
you twitched
he/she/it twitched
we twitched
you twitched
they twitched
Present Continuous
I am twitching
you are twitching
he/she/it is twitching
we are twitching
you are twitching
they are twitching
Present Perfect
I have twitched
you have twitched
he/she/it has twitched
we have twitched
you have twitched
they have twitched
Past Continuous
I was twitching
you were twitching
he/she/it was twitching
we were twitching
you were twitching
they were twitching
Past Perfect
I had twitched
you had twitched
he/she/it had twitched
we had twitched
you had twitched
they had twitched
Future
I will twitch
you will twitch
he/she/it will twitch
we will twitch
you will twitch
they will twitch
Future Perfect
I will have twitched
you will have twitched
he/she/it will have twitched
we will have twitched
you will have twitched
they will have twitched
Future Continuous
I will be twitching
you will be twitching
he/she/it will be twitching
we will be twitching
you will be twitching
they will be twitching
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been twitching
you have been twitching
he/she/it has been twitching
we have been twitching
you have been twitching
they have been twitching
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been twitching
you will have been twitching
he/she/it will have been twitching
we will have been twitching
you will have been twitching
they will have been twitching
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been twitching
you had been twitching
he/she/it had been twitching
we had been twitching
you had been twitching
they had been twitching
Conditional
I would twitch
you would twitch
he/she/it would twitch
we would twitch
you would twitch
they would twitch
Past Conditional
I would have twitched
you would have twitched
he/she/it would have twitched
we would have twitched
you would have twitched
they would have twitched
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twitch - a sudden muscle spasmtwitch - 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
Verb1.twitch - make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motiontwitch - make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
fibrillate - make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements; "His heart fibrillated and he died"
move involuntarily, move reflexively - move in an uncontrolled manner
jerk, twitch - move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"
2.twitch - move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motionstwitch - move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"
twitch, jerk - make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
3.twitch - toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the airtwitch - toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
move - move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion; "He moved his hand slightly to the right"
4.twitch - squeeze tightly between the fingerstwitch - squeeze tightly between the fingers; "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"
grip - hold fast or firmly; "He gripped the steering wheel"
goose - pinch in the buttocks; "he goosed the unsuspecting girl"
tweak - pinch or squeeze sharply
5.twitch - move or pull with a sudden motiontwitch - move or pull with a sudden motion  
draw, pull, force - cause to move by pulling; "draw a wagon"; "pull a sled"
skitter - twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water
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twitch

verb
1. jerk, blink, flutter, jump, squirm His left eyelid twitched involuntarily.
2. pull (at), snatch (at), tug (at), pluck (at), yank (at) He twitched his curtains to check on callers.
noun
1. jerk, tic, spasm, twinge, jump, blink, flutter, tremor He developed a nervous twitch.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002

twitch

verb
To move or cause to move with a sudden abrupt motion:
noun
1. A nervous shaking of the body:
2. A sudden motion, such as a pull:
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Translations
حَرَكَةٌ عَصَبِيَّهيَشُدُّ بِحَرَكَةٍ عَصَبِيَّهيَنْتَفِض، يَرْتَعِش
škubatškubnutízatahat
rykketrækning
rángatrángató zik
kippast/rykkjast tilkippur, rykkurrykkja, kippa
truktelėti
paraustīšanaparaustītraustīšanaraustīšanāsraustīt
mykať
çekiştirmekseğirmeseğirmektitremetitremek

twitch

[twɪtʃ]
A. N
1. (= slight pull) → tirón m
to give sth a twitchdar un tirón a algo
2. (= nervous tic) → tic m, contracción f nerviosa
B. VI [hands, face, muscles] → crisparse; [nose, ears, tail] → moverse nerviosamente
C. VT [+ curtains, rope] → pegar un tirón de; [+ hands] → crispar, retorcer; [+ nose, ears etc] → mover nerviosamente
to twitch sth away from sbquitar algo a algn con un movimiento rápido
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005

twitch

[ˈtwɪtʃ]
n (nervous)tic m
She has a twitch in her right eye → Elle a un tic à l'œil droit.
vi
[body, lips, cheek, hands] → se contracter (nerveusement); [eye, eyebrow] → trembler (nerveusement)
[curtains] → bouger
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

twitch

n
(= tic)Zucken nt; (= individual spasm)Zuckung f; to give a twitchzucken
(= pull)Ruck m (→ of an +dat); to give something a twitchan etw (dat)rucken
vi (face, muscles)zucken; the cat’s nose twitched when I brought in the fishdie Katze schnupperte, als ich den Fisch hereinbrachte
vt
tail, ears, nose, eyebrowszucken mit
(= pull)zupfen; he twitched the letter from her handser schnappte ihr den Brief aus den Händen
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twitch

[twɪtʃ]
1. n (slight pull) → tiratina; (nervous) → tic m inv
to give sth a twitch → dare una tiratina a qc
2. vi (hands, face, muscles) → contrarsi; (person, in particular situation) → agitarsi; (habitually) → avere un tic; (tail, ears) → drizzarsi; (nose) → muoversi
3. vt (rope, sleeve) → tirare
he twitched the letter out of her hand → le sfilò la lettera dalle mani
the dog twitched its ears → il cane drizzò le orecchie
the rabbit twitched its nose → il coniglio arricciò il naso
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

twitch

(twitʃ) verb
1. to (cause to) move jerkily. His hands were twitching.
2. to give a little pull or jerk to (something). He twitched her sleeve.
noun
a twitching movement.
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twitch

n. tic nervioso espasmódico; sacudida.
English-Spanish Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

twitch

n tic m, sacudida (muscular), contracción breve e involuntaria de un músculo
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References in classic literature ?
Their ears twitched in their sleep, and they were restless.
A white cat was staring at some gold-fish; she sat very, very still, but now and then the tip of her tail twitched as if it were alive.
As he talked his left eyelid twitched. Later when he drove back home and when night came on and the stars came out it was harder to get back the old feeling of a close and personal God who lived in the sky overhead and who might at any moment reach out his hand, touch him on the shoulder, and appoint for him some heroic task to be done.