AskDefine | Define twitching

Dictionary Definition

twitching n : a sudden muscle spasm; especially one caused by a nervous condition [syn: twitch, vellication]

User Contributed Dictionary




  1. compulsive bird watching by people (twitchers) who travel long distances to see rare species


  1. Present participle of "to twitch."

Extensive Definition

Twitch may refer to:
  • Muscle twitch, a muscle contraction
    • Fasciculation, a small, local, involuntary muscle contraction
    • Myoclonic twitch, a jerk usually caused by sudden muscle contractions
    • Spasm, a sudden, involuntary contraction of a muscle, group of muscles, hollow organ, or orifice
    • Tic, a sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic movement or sound that involves discrete groups of muscles
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See also

  • Twitch game, a computer or video game in which the player must react quickly

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abstraction, abulia, agitation, alienation, anxiety, anxiety equivalent, anxiety state, apathy, apprehensiveness, attack of nerves, buck fever, case of nerves, catatonic stupor, compulsion, convulsive, dejection, depression, detachment, eclamptic, elation, emotionalism, euphoria, excessive irritability, fear, fidgetiness, fidgets, fidgety, fitful, folie du doute, formication, hypochondria, hysteria, hysterics, indifference, insensibility, itchiness, jerking, jerky, jiggety, jumpy, lethargy, mania, melancholia, mental distress, morbid excitability, nerves, nervosity, nervous stomach, nervousness, obsession, orgasmic, panic, panickiness, pathological indecisiveness, preoccupation, pruritus, psychalgia, psychomotor disturbance, saltatory, spasmodic, spastic, spell of nerves, stage fright, state of nerves, stupor, tic, trepidation, twitchety, twitchy, uneasiness, unresponsiveness, vellication, vellicative, withdrawal
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