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twitter

[twit-er] /ˈtwɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to utter a succession of small, tremulous sounds, as a bird.
2.
to talk lightly and rapidly, especially of trivial matters; chatter.
3.
to titter; giggle.
4.
to tremble with excitement or the like; be in a flutter.
5.
Digital Technology, tweet (def 4).
verb (used with object)
6.
to express or utter by twittering.
noun
7.
an act of twittering.
8.
a twittering sound.
9.
a state of tremulous excitement.
Origin of twitter
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English twiteren (v.); akin to German zwitschern
Related forms
twitterer, noun
twitteringly, adverb
Synonyms
8. flutter, tizzy, fluster.

Twitter

Trademark.
1.
the name of a social-networking service and website that limits the length of messages one can post to a certain number of characters.
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Examples from the Web for twitter
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  • The air, too, seemed to be full of the twitter of birds which flitted here and there.

    Roger the Bold F. S. Brereton
  • He did not mind being awakened by the "twitter" of a milk cart.

  • Swallows make their appearance late in the spring, and alwus in a twitter about sumthing.

  • "It is a pity we can't chirp and twitter like birds," said Rendel.

    The Arbiter Lady F. E. E. Bell
  • She did not look "all of a twitter," this pretty but rather faded middle-aged little mother of Penny's.

    Murder at Bridge Anne Austin
British Dictionary definitions for twitter

twitter

/ˈtwɪtə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) (esp of a bird) to utter a succession of chirping sounds
2.
(intransitive) to talk or move rapidly and tremulously
3.
(intransitive) to giggle: her schoolmates twittered behind their desks
4.
(transitive) to utter in a chirping way
noun
5.
a twittering sound, esp of a bird
6.
the act of twittering
7.
a state of nervous excitement (esp in the phrase in a twitter)
Derived Forms
twitterer, noun
twittery, adjective
Word Origin
C14: of imitative origin

Twitter

/ˈtwɪtə/
noun
1.
trademark a website where people can post short messages about their current activities
verb
2.
(intransitive; sometimes not capital) to write a short message on the Twitter website
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Word Origin and History for twitter
v.

late 14c., twiteren, in reference to birds, of imitative origin (cf. Old High German zwizziron, German zwitschern, Danish kvidre, Old Swedish kvitra). The noun meaning "condition of tremulous excitement" is attested from 1670s. The microblogging service with the 140-character limit was introduced in 2006.

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twitter in Technology
messaging
A free Internet service for posting short messages, known as "tweets", via a central server, which are then sent to all users who have chosen to follow you or to a specific user. A variety of client programs are available in addition to the web site. Launched in about 2008.
Twitter home (http://twitter.com/).
(2009-06-10)
The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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