from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To draw, pull, or move suddenly and sharply; jerk: I twitched my fishing line.
- intransitive v. To move jerkily or spasmodically. See Synonyms at jerk1.
- intransitive v. To ache sharply from time to time; twinge.
- n. A sudden involuntary or spasmodic muscular movement: a twitch of the eye.
- n. A sudden pulling; a tug: The fish gave my line a twitch.
- n. A looped cord used to restrain a horse by tightening it around the animal's upper lip.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.
- n. Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.
- n. A stick with a hole in one end through which passes a loop, which can be drawn tightly over the upper lip or an ear of a horse and twisted to keep the animal quiet during minor surgery.
- v. To perform a twitch; spasm.
- v. To jerk sharply and briefly.
- v. To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.
- n. couch grass, a species of grass, often considered as a weed.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To pull with a sudden jerk; to pluck with a short, quick motion; to snatch.
- n. The act of twitching; a pull with a jerk; a short, sudden, quick pull.
- n. A short, spastic contraction of the fibers or muscles; a simple muscular contraction.
- n. A stick with a hole in one end through which passes a loop, which can be drawn tightly over the upper lip or an ear of a horse. By twisting the stick the compression is made sufficiently painful to keep the animal quiet during a slight surgical operation.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pull or draw with a hasty jerk; snatch; jerk away.
- To give a short, sudden pull or tug at; jerk at; cause to move quickly or spasmodically.
- To nip; squeeze; make fast; tie tightly.
- To be suddenly jerked; move or contract quickly or spasmodically, as a muscle.
- To carp; sneer; make flings. Compare jerk, intransitive verb, 2.
- n. A short, sharp pull or tug; a jerk or snatch.
- n. A short, spastic contraction of the fibers of muscles; a stitch; a twinge: as, a twitch in the side; convulsive twitches; especially, such a movement when causing pain: sometimes applied to moral pangs.
- n. A pair of nippers or tweezers.
- n. A noose attached to a stock or handle and twisted around the upper lip of a horse so as to bring him under command when shoeing or clipping: an instrument used for holding a vicious horse.
- n. In mining, a sudden narrowing of a vein so that the walls come nearly or quite together.
- A dialectal variant of touch.
- n. The quitch or quitch-grass, Agropyrum repens.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
- n. a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
- v. move or pull with a sudden motion
- v. move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
- v. squeeze tightly between the fingers
- v. make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
Middle English twicchen; possibly akin to Low German twikken.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)