What does twitch mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twitch, twitching, vellicationverb

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

  2. twitch, jerkverb

    make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

    "his face is twitching"

  3. jerk, twitchverb

    move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

    "The patient's legs were jerkings"

  4. flip, twitchverb

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

  5. pinch, squeeze, twinge, tweet, nip, twitchverb

    squeeze tightly between the fingers

    "He pinched her behind"; "She squeezed the bottle"

  6. twitchverb

    move or pull with a sudden motion


  1. twitchnoun

    A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.

    I saw a little twitch in the man's face, and knew he was lying.

  2. twitchnoun

    Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.

  3. twitchverb

    To perform a twitch; spasm.

  4. twitchverb

    To jerk sharply and briefly.

  5. twitch

    To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.

  6. twitchnoun

    couch grass, a species of grass, often considered as a weed.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Twitchnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    But Hudibras give him a twitch,
    As quick as light’ning in the breech. Hudibras.

    The lion gave one hearty twitch, and got his feet out of the trap, but left his claws behind. Roger L'Estrange.

    Other confed’rate pairs
    Contract the fibres, and the twitch produce,
    Which gently pushes on the grateful food
    To the wide stomach, by its hollow road. Richard Blackmore.

    Mighty physical their fear is,
    For soon as noise of combat near is,
    Their heart descending to their breeches,
    Must give their stomachs cruel twitches. Matthew Prior.

    A fit of the stone is the cure, from the inflammation and pain occasioning convulsive twitches. Samuel Sharp.

  2. To TWITCHverb

    To vellicate; to pluck with a quick motion; to snatch; to pluck with a hasty motion.

    Etymology: twiccian , Saxon.

    He rose, and twitch’d his mantle blue,
    To-morrow to fresh woods, and pastures new. John Milton.

    Twitch’d by the sleeve he mouths it more and more. John Dryden, Juvenal.

    With a furious leap
    She sprung from bed, disturbed in her mind,
    And fear’d at ev’ry step a twitching spright behind. Dryd.

    Thrice they twitch’d the diamond in her ear. Alexander Pope.


  1. twitch

    Twitch is a sudden, quick and spasmodic involuntary movement or contraction of a muscle, or a group of muscles. It can also refer to a platform for streaming and viewing video content, mostly related to video games.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twitchverb

    to pull with a sudden jerk; to pluck with a short, quick motion; to snatch; as, to twitch one by the sleeve; to twitch a thing out of another's hand; to twitch off clusters of grapes

  2. Twitchnoun

    the act of twitching; a pull with a jerk; a short, sudden, quick pull; as, a twitch by the sleeve

  3. Twitchnoun

    a short, spastic contraction of the fibers or muscles; a simple muscular contraction; as, convulsive twitches; a twitch in the side

  4. Twitchnoun

    a stick with a hole in one end through which passes a loop, which can be drawn tightly over the upper lip or an ear of a horse. By twisting the stick the compression is made sufficiently painful to keep the animal quiet during a slight surgical operation


  1. Twitch

    Twitch is the second studio album by industrial metal band Ministry, released in 1986. The album stepped away from the pop-oriented form of their previous album With Sympathy and moved toward a darker, more aggressive sound in the form of EBM. Released by Sire Records, Jourgensen was granted more artistic control over the production than under Arista/BMG. Twitch was re-released in 1990 with two additional tracks. Twitched, an unauthorized 2003 release by Radioactive Records, is a remastered version of Twitch, featuring the track listing that the band is said to have intended it to have before the intervention of the record company. It includes previously unreleased alternative versions of tracks from the album. "Over the Shoulder" was the only single from the album.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twitch

    twich, v.t. to pull with a sudden jerk: to pluck: to snatch.—v.i. to be suddenly jerked: to move spasmodically: to carp, sneer.—n. a sudden, quick pull: a spasmodic contraction of the muscles: a loop fixed to a stick for fixing on the upper lip of a refractory horse during shoeing, &c.: the sudden narrowing almost to nothing of a vein of ore.—ns. Twitch′er; Twitch′ing. [A.S. twiccian, to pluck; Ger. zwicken.]


  1. Twitch

    Twitch (formerly TwitchTV) is the world's largest video game broadcasting and chat community. They're dedicated to connecting people around the games they love.

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  1. twitch

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twitch in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twitch in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of twitch in a Sentence

  1. Mikhail Gershkovich:

    We're currently holding talks with Twitch to sign a settlement agreement. The service has given us tools to combat pirate broadcasts and we are now only talking about compensation for damages between August and November.

  2. Lee Trink:

    Twitch hasn't been that aggressive in defending their position. They haven't dramatically changed their philosophy.

  3. Douglas Kenney:

    And as a result, everybody watches us. If we twitch on water, everybody notices. i mean, that's predictable.

  4. Ben Decker:

    Now, technically, that failed. It was on Twitch. It then started getting posted around in the initial 24 hours.

  5. The US Army:

    We invite everyone to come back, if they do something that's out of bounds of our updated policies or Twitch guidelines then we will moderate the stream appropriately.

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Translations for twitch

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  • تويتشArabic
  • škubnutíCzech
  • Zuckung, ZuckenGerman
  • ticSpanish
  • sätky, nykäistä, nytkähdys, nykäisy, nykäys, bongata, bongaus, säpsähdys, hätkähtää, nytkähtääFinnish
  • spasmer, ticFrench
  • spasimare, tic, spasimoItalian
  • 引き攣り, けいれんJapanese
  • tamaki, waitakiri, tākiri, kōwhiti, arawhitiMāori
  • rukken, vogelen, vogelspottenDutch
  • contração muscularPortuguese
  • TIC nervosRomanian
  • подёргивание, судорога, дёргать, дёрнуть, дёрнуться, тик, дёргатьсяRussian
  • трзај, trzaj, trzati, tik, тикSerbo-Croatian
  • дертисяUkrainian
  • جڑناUrdu

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