from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. A rapid, jerky movement of the eyes between positions of rest.
  • from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

    • n. In the manege, a violent check of a horse by drawing or twitching the reins suddenly and with one pull.
    • n. In violin-playing, a firm pressure of the bow on the strings, which crowds them down so that two or three can be sounded at once.



'Saccade' comes from the French word for 'twitch.'