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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.
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
References in classic literature ?
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.
And Ned would have rushed out toward the still twitching body.
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.
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.
It was she that discovered us, and the pair stood and looked up at us, silently, with twitching, scenting nostrils.
The movements can range from slight twitching to more violent jerking of the muscles, and may be very brief or last five seconds or more.
Fibromyalgia, where twitching is related to tender points within the muscle irritate nearby nerves causing contractions.
All the matches when we played 4-4-2, like against West Ham, it was always twitching your ass and I don't like it.
But the eel did proceed to an attack when Catania triggered the twitching response.
During the BGT audition I was twitching off-stage but as soon as I got on stage my ticks stopped.
While collecting weapons from victims, he noticed two men twitching and said they appeared "somewhere between life and death" but beyond the help of medical attention.
Twitching provides sensory feedback that generates specific neuronal oscillations in somatosensory cortex.