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[n] an abrupt spasmodic movement
[n] a sudden abrupt pull
[n] a dull stupid fatuous person
[n] (mechanics) the rate of change of velocity
[v] make an uncontrolled, short, jerky motion; "his face is twitching"
[v] throw or toss with a quick motion; "flick a piece of paper across the table"; "jerk his head"
[v] pull, or move with a sudden movement; "He turned the handle and jerked the door open.."
[v] jump vertically, with legs stiff and back arched, as of horses
[v] move with abrupt, seemingly uncontrolled motions; "The patient's legs were jerkings"

Misc. Definitions

\Jerk\, v. t. [Corrupted from Peruv. charqui dried beef.] To cut into long slices or strips and dry in the sun; as, jerk beef. See {Charqui}.
\Jerk\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Jerked}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Jerking}.] [Akin to yerk, and perh. also to yard a measure.]
1. To beat; to strike. [Obs.] --Florio.
2. To give a quick and suddenly arrested thrust, push, pull, or twist, to; to yerk; as, to jerk one with the elbow; to jerk a coat off.
3. To throw with a quick and suddenly arrested motion of the hand; as, to jerk a stone.
\Jerk\, v. i.
1. To make a sudden motion; to move with a start, or by starts. --Milton.
2. To flout with contempt.
\Jerk\, n.
1. A short, sudden pull, thrust, push, twitch, jolt, shake, or similar motion. His jade gave him a jerk. --B. Jonson.
2. A sudden start or spring. Lobsters . . . swim backwards by jerks or springs. --Grew.

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