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v. twitched, twitch·ing, twitch·es
To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk: I twitched my fishing line.
1. To move jerkily or spasmodically.
2. To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
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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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
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References in classic literature ?
It was she that discovered us, and the pair stood and looked up at us, silently, with twitching, scenting nostrils.
The worst and most tiresome part of his character, what made all relations with him so difficult, had been forgotten by Konstantin Levin when he thought of him, and now, when he saw his face, and especially that nervous twitching of his head, he remembered it all.
The twitching increased, the handsome mouth was drawn to one side (only now did Pierre realize how near death his father was), and from that distorted mouth issued an indistinct, hoarse sound.
"You did it, and saved the man's life!" And Ned would have rushed out toward the still twitching body.
Now the brute glanced uneasily from side to side, its tail nervously twitching, and it seemed trying to gain, by a sniffing of the air, some information as to the direction in which danger lay, for Tom and Ned had stooped low, concealing themselves by a screen of leaves.
Aston claimed his platoon sergeant, Paul Kelly, approached the ditch and tried to fire at one of the twitching men but his weapon did not work.
The muscles also relax and this may lead to the twitching.
For example, many dialysis patients are constantly jarred from sleep by brief episodes of interrupted breathing, called sleep apnea, and involuntary muscle twitching.
Fibromyalgia, where twitching is related to tender points within the muscle irritate nearby nerves causing contractions.
WHY do eyelids sometimes keep twitching? James, New Eltham, South-East London
A Eye twitching is usually caused by stress and tension.
The result is said to be a pleasant, pulsing sensation, similar to the twitching of an eyelid.