a) to touch (a body part) lightly so as to excite the surface nerves and cause uneasiness, laughter, or spasmodic movements

It was nothing much - just a tiny vellicating muscle in the corner of the left eye, [...]

b) to irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear

Smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth

See Also: vellication, vellicative

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  • Vellicate — Vel li*cate, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Vellicated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Vellicating}.] [L. vellicatus, p. p. of vellicare to twitch, fr. vellere to pluck, pull.] To twitch; to cause to twitch convulsively. [1913 Webster] Convulsions, arising from… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Vellicate — Vel li*cate, v. i. To move spasmodically; to twitch; as, a nerve vellicates. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vellicate — [vel′i kāt΄] vt., vi. vellicated, vellicating [L vellicatus, pp. of vellicare, to twitch, pinch < vellere, to pluck < IE base * wel , to tear, pluck out > OE wæl, battlefield] Now Rare to twitch, pluck, etc …   English World dictionary

  • vellicate — verb 1. irritate as if by a nip, pinch, or tear smooth surfaces can vellicate the teeth the pain is as if sharp points pinch your back • Syn: ↑pinch • Derivationally related forms: ↑pinch (for: ↑pinch) …   Useful english dictionary

  • vellicate — vellication, n. vellicative, adj. /vel i kayt /, v., vellicated, vellicating. v.t. 1. to pluck; twitch. 2. to nip, pinch, or the like. 3. to cause to twitch. v.i. 4. to move with spasmodic convulsions; twitch. [1595 1605; < L vellicatus, ptp. of… …   Universalium

  • vellicate — To twitch or contract spasmodically; said especially of fibrillary muscular spasms. [L. vellico, pp. atus, to pluck, to twitch, fr. vello, to deprive of hair, pluck] …   Medical dictionary

  • vellicate — v. pull, pinch; contort …   English contemporary dictionary

  • vellicate — v. a. Twitch, pluck, stimulate, cause to twitch …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • vellicate — vel·li·cate …   English syllables

  • vellicate — To twitch or move erratically …   Grandiloquent dictionary

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