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- n. compulsive bird watching by people (twitchers) who travel long distances to see rare species
- v. Present participle of twitch.
- adj. That twitches.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of one who or that which twitches; especially, an involuntary convulsive jerking of the muscles, etc. See twitch, n., 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition
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We can’t see them, except for a bit of net curtain twitching from the caravans, and the odd small cluster of garishly dressed ginger-headed teenagers who walk around us in circles, then stand out of earshot to make obvious mobile phone calls.
The nights he slept away in twitching unconsciousness.
I was not sniffling, though my face might well have been drawn and twitching from the pain.
Then, last Saturday, Liverpool adjusted to cope with the pre-match loss of two key players, came back from conceding an early goal, and proceeded to thoroughly humiliate Manchester United at Old Trafford: "Ferguson, standing on the touchline in a coat reminiscent of Michael Foot, had the legs cut from under him and took to twitching from a seat in the dugout," whilst Wayne Rooney was reduced to an arm-whirling figure of anger and despair.
The top 10 are: talking about the weather, great at queueing, sarcasm, watching soaps, getting drunk, a love of bargains, a love of curtain twitching, stiff upper lip, love of all television and moaning.
What makes me so incensed my eyeballs are twitching is that, for the past few days, I have been forced to do just that: wait.
"This crawling movement is called twitching motility, and without it Pseudomonas, a common cause of hospital-acquired pneumonia would never be able to move from the lung tissue into the bloodstream, where the infection becomes lethal."
The twitching was the result of a kind of animal electricity-hence galvanize, "to stimulate into sudden action".
Starring the late actress Elizabeth Montgomery, I remember most vividly Samantha "twitching" her nose to perform a spell and release her magical powers to accomplish whatever task or overcome whatever challenge she faced.
If the crane operator is "twitching," the margin shrinks considerably.