Twitch vs Crispation - What's the difference?
As nouns the difference between twitch and crispation
is that twitch
is a brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm or twitch
can be couch grass, elymus repens
; a species of grass, often considered as a weed while crispation
is the act or process of curling, or the state of being curled.
As a verb twitch
is to perform a twitch; spasm.
From (etyl) twicchen, from (etyl) twiccian, from (etyl) ).
A brief, small (sometimes involuntary) movement out of place and then back again; a spasm.
(informal) Action of spotting or seeking out a bird, especially a rare one.
(farriery) 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 and twisted to keep the animal quiet during minor surgery.
- I saw a little twitch in the man's face, and knew he was lying.
* nervous twitch
To perform a twitch; spasm.
* (rfdate) — [http://www.mindspring.com/~randyhoward/new_page_6.htm]
* 1922 , (Margery Williams), (The Velveteen Rabbit)
*:Their feet padded softly on the ground, and they crept quite close to him, twitching their noses...
To jerk sharply and briefly.
- "Why is it that you twitch whenever I say Faith?"
* Alexander Pope
- to twitch somebody's sleeve for attention
To spot or seek out a bird, especially a rare one.
* 1995 , Quarterly Review of Biology vol. 70 p. 348:
- Thrice they twitched the diamond in her ear.
* 2003 , Mark Cocker, Birders: Tales of a Tribe [http://books.google.com/books?id=tv-Noj1Fvc0C], ISBN 0802139965, page 52:
- "The Birdwatchers Handbook ... will be a clear asset to those who 'twitch' in Europe."
* 2005 , Sean Dooley, The Big Twitch: One Man, One Continent, a Race Against Time [http://books.google.com/books?id=fWLmpqL4EMsC], ISBN 1741145287, page 119:
- "But the key revelation from twitching that wonderful Iceland Gull on 10 March 1974 wasn't its eroticism. It was the sheer innocence of it."
- "I hadn't seen John since I went to Adelaide to (unsuccessfully) twitch the '87 Northern Shoveler, when I was a skinny, eighteen- year-old kid. "
When used of birdwatchers by ignorant outsiders, this term frequently carries a negative connotation.
alternate of quitch
couch grass, Elymus repens ; a species of grass, often considered as a weed.
The act or process of curling, or the state of being curled.
A slight twitch of a muscle.
* Francis Bacon
- Few men can look down from a great height without creepings and crispations .