Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A habitual spasmodic muscular movement or contraction, usually of the face or extremities.
  • intransitive verb To have a tic; produce tics.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A habitual spasmodic contraction of certain muscles, especially of the face; twitching; vellication: especially applied to tic-douloureux, or facial neuralgia. See tic-douloureux.
  • noun An African beefeater or ox-pecker; an ox-bird. See cuts under Buphaga and Textor.

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

  • noun (Med.) A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; -- called also spasmodic tic.
  • noun (Med.) Neuralgia in the face; face ague. See under Face.

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

  • noun A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles.
  • noun Shortened form of ticket
  • verb intransitive To exhibit a tic; to undergo convulsive muscle movements.

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

  • noun a local and habitual twitching especially in the face

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From French tic

Examples

  • Calculations: Customer SLP tic$tic%originalSLPtic% tic* 16tic% = tic$tic%customerSLPtic%. ` n) tic: = Chr (96)

    AutoHotkey Community

  • Calculations: Customer SLP tic$tic%originalSLPtic% tic* 16tic% = tic$tic%customerSLPtic%. ` n) tic: = Chr (96)

    AutoHotkey Community

  • My personal tic is the overuse, as you mention, of adverbs and speech descriptors (ask, proposed, acknowledged – etc etc!)

    Dialogue is a dance « Write Anything

  • One of the things that I learned at Viable Paradise was that this can easily happen by accident — you associate a certain tic or action with writing, and your brain seizes on the connection.

    Not-so-required for writing «

  • One of the things that I learned at Viable Paradise was that this can easily happen by accident — you associate a certain tic or action with writing, and your brain seizes on the connection.

    2009 September «

  • Mr. Carlin's most disturbing tic is a faux-intimate style.

    McCartney Keeps the Biographers at Bay

  • The painful muscular spasms associated with trigeminal neuralgia are sometimes referred to as tic douloureux (tik doo-loo-ruh '; "painful twitch" French).

    The Human Brain

  • Such a twitch is usually known as a tic (a word arising from the same root that "twitch" does, perhaps).

    The Human Brain

  • Such as above, I don’t think saying you “really mean to use” a specific language tic is any more forceful than saying that you “mean to use” them.

    Cataloguing My Tics

  • While habits are normal, a tic might be a symptom of a health problem.

    You Raising Your Child

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  • re: definition of "tic":

    the meaning "persistent behavior trait" is missing from your explanations.

    BTW, I just became a member, and am finding this app to be interesting and useful. Thx,

    -upatankar.

    May 28, 2013