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English noun: twitch

1. twitch (state) a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition

Synonymstwitching, vellication

Broader (hypernym)cramp, muscle spasm, spasm

Narrower (hyponym)blepharism, fasciculation, fibrillation, tic

English verb: twitch

1. twitch (body) make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion

SamplesHis face is twitching.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody's (body part) ----s

Broader (hypernym)move involuntarily, move reflexively

Narrower (hyponym)fibrillate

Verb groupjerk, twitch

2. twitch (motion) move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions

SamplesThe patient's legs were jerkings.


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)move

Verb groupjerk, twitch

3. twitch (motion) toss with a sharp movement so as to cause to turn over in the air


Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)move

4. twitch (contact) squeeze tightly between the fingers

SamplesHe pinched her behind.
She squeezed the bottle.

Synonymsnip, pinch, squeeze, tweet, twinge

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)grip

Narrower (hyponym)goose, tweak

5. twitch (contact) move or pull with a sudden motion

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Something is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)draw, force, pull

Narrower (hyponym)skitter

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