Definitions for BLINKblɪŋk
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
to open and close the eye, esp. involuntarily.
to be startled or dismayed (usu. fol. by at):
She blinked at his outburst.
to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often fol. by at):
to blink at another's eccentricities.
to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle.
Informal.to retreat from a challenge; yield.
Category: Common Vocabulary
(v.t.)to open and close (the eye or eyes), usu. rapidly and repeatedly; wink.
to cause (something) to blink.
to ignore deliberately; disregard; evade.
(n.)an act of blinking; flicker; flutter.
a gleam; glimmer.
Idioms for blink:
on the blink, not working properly; in need of repair.
Origin of blink:
1250–1300; ME, var. of blenken to blench1
blink, eye blink, blinking, wink, winking, nictitation, nictation(verb)
a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
blink, wink, nictitate, nictate(verb)
briefly shut the eyes
"The TV announcer never seems to blink"
wink, blink, blink away(verb)
force to go away by blinking
"blink away tears"
flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkle(verb)
gleam or glow intermittently
"The lights were flashing"
Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary
to quickly close and open your eyes
to blink your eyes
to continuously go on and off
The light was blinking.; a single blink of the eye
The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.
The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes.
A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.
To close and reopen both eyes quickly.
The loser in the staring game is the person who blinks first.
To flash headlights on a car.
An urban legend claims that gang members will attack anyone who blinks them.
To send a signal with a lighting device.
Don't come to the door until I blink twice.
To flash on and off at regular intervals.
The blinking text on the screen was distracting.
To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.
Origin: From blinken. Related to blank.
to wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye
to see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes
to shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp
to turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc
to shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk; as, to blink the question
to trick; to deceive
a glimpse or glance
gleam; glimmer; sparkle
the dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink
boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them
Translations for BLINK
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary
a rapid movement of the eyelids.
- طَرْفَةُ عَيْن، رَمْشَةٌArabic
- piscadelaPortuguese (BR)
- das BlinzelnGerman
- παίξιμο των ματιώνGreek
- parpadeo, pestañeoSpanish
- clignotement (des yeux)French
- टिमटिमाहट, झपकHindi
- kejapan mataIndonesian
- battito di cigliaItalian
- blinking, blunkNorwegian
- göz kırpma, gözlerini kırpıştırmaTurkish
- 眨眼Chinese (Trad.)
- моргання, кліпанняUkrainian
- آنکھ کا جھپکناUrdu
- cái chớp mắtVietnamese
- 眨眼Chinese (Simp.)
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