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TWITCH

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does twitch mean? 

TWITCH (noun)
  The noun TWITCH has 1 sense:

1. a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition

  Familiarity information: TWITCH used as a noun is very rare.


TWITCH (verb)
  The verb TWITCH has 5 senses:

1. make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion
2. move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions
3. toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air
4. squeeze tightly between the fingers
5. move or pull with a sudden motion

  Familiarity information: TWITCH used as a verb is common.


 Dictionary entry details 


TWITCH (noun)


Sense 1twitch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

twitch; twitching; vellication

Hypernyms ("twitch" is a kind of...):

cramp; muscle spasm; spasm (a painful and involuntary muscular contraction)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "twitch"):

tic (a local and habitual twitching especially in the face)

blepharism (condition in which a person blinks continuously)

fibrillation (muscular twitching involving individual muscle fibers acting without coordination)

fasciculation (muscular twitching of contiguous groups of muscle fibers)


TWITCH (verb)


Sense 1twitch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

Classified under:

Verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care

Synonyms:

twitch; jerk

Context example:

his face is twitching

Hypernyms (to "twitch" is one way to...):

move involuntarily; move reflexively (move in an uncontrolled manner)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "twitch"):

fibrillate (make fine, irregular, rapid twitching movements)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s
Somebody's (body part) ----s


Sense 2twitch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

jerk; twitch

Context example:

The patient's legs were jerkings

Hypernyms (to "twitch" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s PP


Sense 3twitch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air

Classified under:

Verbs of walking, flying, swimming

Synonyms:

twitch; flip

Hypernyms (to "twitch" is one way to...):

move (move so as to change position, perform a nontranslational motion)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Somebody ----s something


Sense 4twitch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Squeeze tightly between the fingers

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

nip; pinch; tweet; twinge; twitch; squeeze

Context examples:

He pinched her behind / She squeezed the bottle

Hypernyms (to "twitch" is one way to...):

grip (hold fast or firmly)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "twitch"):

goose (pinch in the buttocks)

tweak (pinch or squeeze sharply)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something


Sense 5twitch [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Move or pull with a sudden motion

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Hypernyms (to "twitch" is one way to...):

draw; force; pull (cause to move by pulling)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "twitch"):

skitter (twitch the hook of a fishing line through or along the surface of water)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s
Something is ----ing PP
Somebody ----s PP


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