The restless tossing of the body in illness.
- 1.1The twitching of a limb or muscle.
Mid 17th century expressive extension of earlier jactation ‘restless tossing’, from Latin jactare ‘to throw’.
nounarchaic in phrase jactitation of marriage
False declaration that one is married to a specified person.
Late 17th century from medieval Latin jactitatio(n-) ‘false declaration’, from Latin jactitare ‘to boast’.