What does twiddle mean?

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ˈtwɪd ltwid·dle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twiddleverb

    a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns

  2. twirl, swirl, twiddle, whirlverb

    turn in a twisting or spinning motion

    "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"

  3. twiddle, fiddle withverb

    manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner

    "He twiddled his thumbs while waiting for the interview"


  1. twiddleverb

    To wiggle, fidget or play with; to move around.

  2. twiddleverb

    To flip or switch two adjacent bits.

  3. twiddleverb

    To be in an equivalence relation with.


  1. twiddle

    Twiddle is a verb that typically means to idly turn, twist, or fidget with an object, usually with your fingers. In mathematics, twiddle may refer to a notation ('~') used to show approximation or similarity between two values or functions. The term's usage varies slightly depending on context.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twiddleverb

    to touch lightly, or play with; to tweedle; to twirl; as, to twiddle one's thumbs; to twiddle a watch key

  2. Twiddleverb

    to play with anything; hence, to be busy about trifles

  3. Twiddlenoun

    a slight twist with the fingers

  4. Twiddlenoun

    a pimple

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twiddle

    twid′l, v.t. to twirl idly, to play with.—v.i. to revolve: to trifle with something.—n. a twirl of the fingers.—ns. Twidd′ler; Twidd′ling-line, formerly a piece of small rope for steadying the steering-wheel: a string attached to a compass-gimbal, by which the compass-card may be started so as to play freely.—Twiddle one's fingers, to be idle. [Ety. dub.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. twiddle

    1. Tilde (ASCII 1111110, ~). Also called squiggle, sqiggle (sic — pronounced /skig´l/), and twaddle, but twiddle is the most common term. 2. A small and insignificant change to a program. Usually fixes one bug and generates several new ones (see also shotgun debugging). 3. vt. To change something in a small way. Bits, for example, are often twiddled. Twiddling a switch or knobs implies much less sense of purpose than toggling or tweaking it; see frobnicate. To speak of twiddling a bit connotes aimlessness, and at best doesn't specify what you're doing to the bit; ‘toggling a bit’ has a more specific meaning (see bit twiddling, toggle). 4. Uncommon name for the twirling baton prompt.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twiddle in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twiddle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of twiddle in a Sentence

  1. Tom Cotton:

    While bureaucrats and industry shills twiddle their thumbs, the Chinese Communist Party continues to purchase sensitive U.S. technologies with clear military applications, i will be digging deep into the Commerce Department's actions.

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