tic

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See also: TIC, Tic, and -tic

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from French tic.

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Noun[edit]

tic (plural tics)

  1. (neurology) A sudden, nonrhythmic motor movement or vocalization.
    • 2020, Andrea E. Cavanna, Pharmacological Treatment of Tics, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 9:
      Tourette syndrome is a neurodevelopmental condition characterized by multiple tics. A tic is a sudden, rapid, repetitive, non-rhythmic movement (e.g. eye blinking) or vocalization (e.g. throat clearing).
  2. (by extension) Something that is done or produced habitually or characteristically.
    • 2017 January 19, Peter Bradshaw, “T2 Trainspotting review – choose a sequel that doesn't disappoint”, in the Guardian[1]:
      Boyle revives some of the stylistic tics which found themselves being ripped off by geezer-gangster Britflicks back in the day, but now the freezeframes are briefer, sharper; the movie itself refers back to the original with variant flashback versions of famous scenes, but also Super 8-type images of the boys’ poignant boyhood in primary school.
  3. (abbreviation, informal) ticket

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Verb[edit]

tic (third-person singular simple present tics, present participle ticcing, simple past and past participle ticced)

  1. (intransitive) To exhibit a tic; to undergo a sudden, semi-voluntary muscle movement.
    • 2020, Andrea E. Cavanna, Pharmacological Treatment of Tics, Cambridge University Press, →ISBN, page 9:
      Patients often describe the need to tic as the mounting of inner tension, localized either to the body region where the tic is about to occur or throughout the body.

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Acholi[edit]

Noun[edit]

tic

  1. work

Catalan[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tic m (plural tics)

  1. tic

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeic.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tic m (plural tics)

  1. tic

Descendants[edit]

  • English: tic
  • German: Tic
  • Portuguese: tique

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Italian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tic m (invariable)

  1. tic, twitch

References[edit]

  1. ^ tic in Luciano Canepari, Dizionario di Pronuncia Italiana (DiPI)

Latvian[edit]

Verb[edit]

tic

  1. 3rd person singular present indicative form of ticēt
  2. 3rd person plural present indicative form of ticēt
  3. (with the particle lai) 3rd person singular imperative form of ticēt
  4. (with the particle lai) 3rd person plural imperative form of ticēt

Spanish[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

tic m (plural tics)

  1. tic (movement)
  2. tick (written mark)
  3. tick (sound)

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