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Meaning of TWIDDLE

Pronunciation:  'twidl

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a series of small (usually idle) twists or turns
  2. [v]  manipulate, as in a nervous or unconscious manner
  3. [v]  turn in a twisting or spinning motion; "The leaves swirled in the autumn wind"

TWIDDLE is a 7 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: fiddle with, swirl, twirl, whirl
 See Also: go around, manipulate, revolve, rotate, turn, twist



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Twid"dle\, v. t. [Probably of imitative origin. Cf.
    To touch lightly, or play with; to tweedle; to twirl; as, to
    twiddle one's thumbs; to twiddle a watch key. [Written also
    twidle.] --Thackeray.
  2. \Twid"dle\, v. i.
    To play with anything; hence, to be busy about trifles.
  3. \Twid"dle\, n.
    1. A slight twist with the fingers.
    2. A pimple. [Prov. Eng.] --Halliwell.
Computing Dictionary

1. The tilde character.

2. (To make) a small or insignificant change. E.g. twiddling a program often fixes one bug and generates several new ones (see also shotgun debugging). Bits are often twiddled. Twiddling a switch or knob implies much less sense of purpose than toggling or tweaking it; see frobnicate. bit twiddling connotes aimlessness, and at best doesn't specify what you're doing to the bit; to "toggle a bit" has a more specific meaning.

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