Twisting pair. (Kinematics) See under Pair, n., 7.

(Twit) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twitted; p. pr. & vb. n. Twitting.] [OE. atwiten, AS. ætwitan to reproach, blame; æt at + witan to reproach, blame; originally, to observe, see, hence, to observe what is wrong (cf. the meanings of E. animadvert; akin to G. verweisen to censure, OHG. firwizan, Goth. traweitan to avenge, L. videre to see. See Vision, Wit.] To vex by bringing to notice, or reminding of, a fault, defect, misfortune, or the like; to revile; to reproach; to upbraid; to taunt; as, he twitted his friend of falsehood.

This these scoffers twitted the Christian with.

Æsop minds men of their errors, without twitting them for what is amiss.

(Twitch) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Twitched ; p. pr. & vb. n. Twitching.] [OE. twicchen, fr. (doubtful) AS. twiccian; akin to AS. angeltwicca a worm used for bait, literally, a hook twitcher, LG. twikken to tweak, G. zwicken. Cf. Tweak.] 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.

Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear.

(Twitch), n.

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

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

3. (Far.) 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. J. H. Walsh.

(Twitch"er) n. One who, or that which, twitches.

Twitch grass
(Twitch" grass`) (Bot.) See Quitch grass.

(Twite) n. (Zoöl.) (a) The European tree sparrow. (b) The mountain linnet (Linota flavirostris). [Prov. Eng.]

(Twit"lark`) n. (Zoöl.) The meadow pipit. [Prov. Eng.]

(Twit"ter) n. [From Twit.] One who twits, or reproaches; an upbraider.

(Twit"ter), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Twittered ; p. pr. & vb. n. Twittering.] [OE. twiteren; of imitative origin; cf. G. zwitschern, OHG. zwizzirn, D. kwetteren, Sw. qwitra, Dan. quiddre. Cf. Titter.]

2. The instrument used in twisting, or making twists.

He, twirling his twister, makes a twist of the twine.

3. (Carp.) A girder. Craig.

4. (Man.) The inner part of the thigh, the proper place to rest upon when on horseback. Craig.

(Twist"ic*al) a. Crooked; tortuous; hence, perverse; unfair; dishonest. [Slang, U. S.] Bartlett.

(Twist"ing), a. & n. from Twist.

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