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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ The nervous tic went into overdrive.
▪ Constant mulling had left Father Vic afflicted with a wide array of nervous tics, small flinches and exasperated sighs.
▪ She peered in through his window with a smile and a nervous tic that made her appear to be pleading.
▪ He was soon talking more readily and his facial tics began subsiding.
▪ She peered in through his window with a smile and a nervous tic that made her appear to be pleading.
▪ Tension prodded a tic under her eye.
▪ The corresponding torque/position character-is tic is shown it, Fig. 6.4.
▪ These tics, these traits, had become more pronounced since he had given up smoking.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Tic \Tic\, n. [F.] (Med.) A local and habitual convulsive motion of certain muscles; especially, such a motion of some of the muscles of the face; twitching; velication; -- called also spasmodic tic.

Tic douloureux. [F., fr. tic a knack, a twitching + douloureux painful.] (Med.) Neuralgia in the face; face ague. See under Face.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

twitching of a facial muscle, 1822, often a shortening of tic douloureux "severe facial neuralgia," literally "painful twitch" (1798), from French tic "a twitching disease of horses" (17c.), of unknown origin. Klein suggests an imitative origin; Diez compare it to Italian ticchio "whim, caprice, ridiculous habit," itself of unknown origin.


n. 1 A local and repetitive motion of certain muscles. 2 Shortened form of ticket vb. (context intransitive English) To exhibit a tic; to undergo repetitive muscle movements.


n. a local and habitual twitching especially in the face

Tic (disambiguation)

A tic is a sudden, repetitive, nonrhythmic movement or sound.

Tic or TIC may also refer to:

Businesses and organizations:

  • Technology Innovation Centre, at Birmingham City University
  • Telecommunication Infrastructure Company of I.R.Iran
  • Tyne Improvement Commission of Tyne and Wear, England


  • Tic Forrester (1896–1970), a U.S. Representative from Georgia
  • Tic Price (b. 1955), a college basketball coach

In science and technology:

  • Titanium carbide, chemical symbol TiC
  • Total inorganic carbon, a measure in oceanography
  • Total ion current, a type of mass chromatogram
  • Trusted Internet Connection, as defined by the US Office of Management and Budget

Other uses:

  • Tenancy in common, in property law, a form of concurrent estate
  • Tourist Information Centre
  • Treasury International Capital, a set of US Treasury reports

Usage examples of "tic".

He made no concessions to the warm weather: he wore a black barathea morning suit with a fancy brocaded waistcoat, and a loose tic with a silver pin through the knot.

If damage to the caudate is part of the treatment, why is her tic different?

Johanna thought, moistening her lips as she flipped down the sun visor of her helmet and squinted into the brightness ahead: pale blue sky and white haze and the sun like a blinding tic at the corner of her eye.

Eddie, still racing Hooper down the stretch for the alleged Black Crow, was delighted to find Freud so tight into anal sadism, and developed a facial tic.

Even the most orthodox practitioners had begun to view many forms of illness as internalized behavioral problems--which had always been obvious so far as facial tics, stammers, addictions, and so forth were concerned --and hypnotherapy was proving a useful, inexpensive, effective, and nontoxic form of treatment in many cases: in particular the lowering of blood pressure.

Tinkie had taken Sweetie to a doggy salon and given her a new look, changing her from a brindled red tic hound to a vibrant shade of redbone.

His most troublesome illness was trigeminal neuralgia, sometimes called tic douloureux, a disorder of the fifth cranial nerve.

He had a mental neuralgia, a great deal worse in many respects than tic douloureux confined to the face.

We have already commented, in this connection, on the exacerbation or recurrence of respiratory crises, oculogyric crises, iterative hyperkineses, and tics.

All of us who lived through those days came out the other side mumbling under our breaths, quivering with twitches, tics, and phobias.

We grew tics, which constantly twitched, and harvested and bundled them for the clocks of other folk.

Then I scoured the region, watching for wild tics, and managed to spy one.

Cathbad, his white robe unmarred, stood to watch every wriggle and writhe and jerk, the direction each took, the part of the body involved, clonus of head or arms or shoulders or legs, twitches in the fingers or toes, dying tics in the buttocks.

She knew the pain of these tics because she had witnessed his face recently all the muscles twitching and distorting like some kind of Halloween mask.

Tegg felt a sharp pain in the very top of his skull, and one of his tics hit him hard.