from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act or practice of throwing, as missile weapons.
  • noun Agitation of the body from restlessness or for exercise; the exercise of riding in some kind of vehicle.
  • noun Boasting; bragging.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A throwing or tossing of the body; a shaking or agitation.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A tossing or shaking of the body; physical agitation, especially while asleep or confined to bed by ilness; jactitation.
  • noun The action of throwing.
  • noun Boasting; bragging; showing off.

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

  • noun (pathology) extremely restless tossing and twitching usually by a person with a severe illness


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  • Restless tossing says it all really

    January 24, 2008