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twitch



Pronunciation: (twich), [key]
v.t.
1. to tug or pull at with a quick, short movement; pluck: She twitched him by the sleeve.
2. to jerk rapidly: The rider twitched the reins a couple of times.
3. to move (a part of the body) with a sudden, jerking motion.
4. to pinch or pull at sharply and painfully; give a smarting pinch to; nip.

v.i.
1. to move spasmodically or convulsively; jerk; jump.
2. to give a sharp, sudden pull; tug; pluck (usually fol. by at): He constantly twitched at his collar.
3. to ache or hurt with a sharp, shooting pain; twinge: That back tooth twitches a bit.

n.
1. a quick, jerky movement of the body or of some part of it.
2. involuntary, spasmodic movement of a muscle; tic: He gets a twitch in his left eye when he's nervous.
3. a short, sudden pull or tug; jerk.
4. a bodily or mental twinge, as of pain, conscience, etc.; pang.
5. a loop or noose placed over the muzzle of a horse and tightened by twisting a stick or handle to which it is attached, used as a restraining device during a painful operation.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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