Definitions for blinkblɪŋk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to open and close the eye, esp. involuntarily.

  2. to be startled or dismayed (usu. fol. by at):

    She blinked at his outburst.

  3. to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often fol. by at):

    to blink at another's eccentricities.

  4. to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle.

  5. retreat from a challenge; yield.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  6. (v.t.)to open and close (the eye or eyes), usu. rapidly and repeatedly; wink.

  7. to cause (something) to blink.

  8. to ignore deliberately; disregard; evade.

  9. (n.)an act of blinking; flicker; flutter.

  10. a gleam; glimmer.

Idioms for blink:

  1. on the blink, not working properly; in need of repair.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of blink:

1250–1300; ME, var. of blenken to blench1

Princeton's WordNet

  1. blink, eye blink, blinking, wink, winking, nictitation, nictation(verb)

    a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

  2. blink, wink, nictitate, nictate(verb)

    briefly shut the eyes

    "The TV announcer never seems to blink"

  3. wink, blink, blink away(verb)

    force to go away by blinking

    "blink away tears"

  4. flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkle(verb)

    gleam or glow intermittently

    "The lights were flashing"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. blink(verb)ˈɪŋk

    to quickly close and open your eyes

    to blink your eyes

  2. blinkˈɪŋk

    to continuously go on and off

    The light was blinking.; a single blink of the eye


  1. blink(Noun)

    The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.

  2. blink(Noun)

    The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes.

  3. blink(Noun)

    A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.

  4. blink(Verb)

    To close and reopen both eyes quickly.

    The loser in the staring game is the person who blinks first.

  5. blink(Verb)

    To flash headlights on a car.

    An urban legend claims that gang members will attack anyone who blinks them.

  6. blink(Verb)

    To send a signal with a lighting device.

    Don't come to the door until I blink twice.

  7. blink(Verb)

    To flash on and off at regular intervals.

    The blinking text on the screen was distracting.

  8. blink(Verb)

    To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.

  9. Origin: From blinken. Related to blank.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blink(verb)

    to wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye

  2. Blink(verb)

    to see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes

  3. Blink(verb)

    to shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp

  4. Blink(verb)

    to turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc

  5. Blink(verb)

    to shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk; as, to blink the question

  6. Blink(verb)

    to trick; to deceive

  7. Blink(verb)

    a glimpse or glance

  8. Blink(verb)

    gleam; glimmer; sparkle

  9. Blink(verb)

    the dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink

  10. Blink

    boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them


  1. Blink

    Blinking is the rapid closing and opening of the eyelid. It is an essential function of the eye that helps spread tears across and remove irritants from the surface of the cornea and conjunctiva. Blink speed can be affected by elements such as fatigue, eye injury, medication, and disease. The blinking rate is determined by the "blinking center", but it can also be affected by external stimulus. When an animal chooses to blink only one eye as a signal to another in a social setting, it is known as winking. Some animals blink their eyes independently of each other.

Translations for blink

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a rapid movement of the eyelids.

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