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Related to twitch: Muscle twitch


1. a sudden muscular spasm, esp one caused by a nervous condition
2. a loop of cord used to control a horse by drawing it tight about its upper lip


(1) A live video gaming site from Twitch allows spectators to watch the game being played in real time for fun or competition. Gaming developers can use the Twitch programming interface (API) to integrate Twitch functions into their games, and they can monetize their skill via ads, subscriptions and gaming tips.

Introduced in 2011, Twitch was a spin-off from the streaming platform that was acquired by Amazon in 2014. For more information, visit See e-sports.

(2) (twitch) A category of video games that requires players to make sudden moves to hit a target or to avoid being destroyed or captured. Early video games and many current games use twitch game play; however, more sophisticated games require strategy as well as quick reflexes.
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2 : a short sudden pull or jerk <Charlotte gave her web a twitch and moodily watched it sway.
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Q My new partner says that my legs twitch constantly while I'm asleep.
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A number of Twitch streamers and moderators including popular personalities who play "League of Legends" are believed to have been hacked over the weekend, resulting in a number of crude and in some cases explicit content being shared across streams.