What does blink mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blink, eye blink, blinking, wink, winking, nictitation, nictationverb

    a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

  2. blink, wink, nictitate, nictateverb

    briefly shut the eyes

    "The TV announcer never seems to blink"

  3. wink, blink, blink awayverb

    force to go away by blinking

    "blink away tears"

  4. flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkleverb

    gleam or glow intermittently

    "The lights were flashing"


  1. blinknoun

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

  2. blinknoun

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

  3. blinknoun

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

  4. blinkverb

    To close and reopen both eyes quickly.

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

  5. blinkverb

    To flash headlights on a car.

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

  6. blinkverb

    To send a signal with a lighting device.

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

  7. blinkverb

    To flash on and off at regular intervals.

    The blinking text on the screen was distracting.

  8. blinkverb

    To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.

  9. Etymology: From blinken. Related to blank.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BLINKverb

    Etymology: blincken, Danish.

    So politick, as if one eye
    Upon the other were a spy;
    That to trepan the one to think
    The other blind, both strove to blink. Hudibras, p. iii. c. ii.

    What’s here! the portrait of a blinking idiot. William Shakespeare, Merchant of Venice.

    Sweet and lovely well,
    Shew me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne. William Shakespeare, Midsummer Night’s Dream.

    His figure such as might his soul proclaim;
    One eye was blinking, and one leg was lame. Alexander Pope, Iliad.


  1. blink

    Blink refers to the rapid closing and opening of the eyelid, usually an involuntary act aimed at protecting, lubricating, and cleaning the eye. It can also refer to a very short moment of time, a light flash, or the momentary gleam of light in someone's eyes. In a broader context, it can relate to any fast movement back and forth or a signal made by quickly turning a light on and off.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Blinkverb

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

  2. Blinkverb

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

  3. Blinkverb

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

  4. Blinkverb

    to turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc

  5. Blinkverb

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

  6. Blinkverb

    to trick; to deceive

  7. Blinkverb

    a glimpse or glance

  8. Blinkverb

    gleam; glimmer; sparkle

  9. Blinkverb

    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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Blink

    blingk, v.i. to glance, twinkle, or wink: to see obscurely, or with the eyes half-closed: to shine unsteadily.—v.t. to shut out of sight: to avoid or evade.—n. a glimpse, glance, or wink: a momentary gleam of light, a spark.—n. Blink′ard, one who blinks or has bad eyes.—p.adj. Blinked, affected with blinking.—n.pl. Blink′ers, pieces of leather fastened to the cheek-pieces of a horse's head-stall in driving to prevent him seeing in any direction except straightforward. [M. E. a variant of blenk, prob. the same as Blench (q.v.).]

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. BLINK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Blink is ranked #65424 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Blink surname appeared 303 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Blink.

    91% or 276 total occurrences were White.
    4.2% or 13 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    1.9% or 6 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of blink in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of blink in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of blink in a Sentence

  1. He Jiankun:

    It would redound to China's everlasting credit if this policy of financing the construction of so many new coal plants in other countries could respectfully be reviewed and reconsidered, perhaps the traffic light that is now showing green could blink yellow and then blink red. And decisions might be made in favor of alternative sources of energy in the way China finances development in other countries.

  2. Chaim Potok:

    What does it mean to have to suffer so much if our lives are nothing more than the blink of an eye? … I learned a long time ago, Reuven, that a blink of an eye in itself is nothing. But the eye that blinks, that is something.

  3. Dick Gregory:

    Nature is not affected by finance. If someone offered you ten thousand dollars to let them touch your eyeball without blinking, you would never collect the money. At the very last moment, Nature would force you to blink your eye. Nature will protect her own.

  4. Cody McAllister:

    It can happen to anyone in the blink of an eye, she was just out there playing and I was out there and out of nowhere, in the blink of an eye.

  5. Francis Cardinal George, OMI:

    When a very bright light shines in our face, we blink. We close our eyes. The light is still there, but our eyes reject it because it is too much for them. On the first Easter day, even the apostles and Jesus’ close friends blinked. It took a while to recognize him and to realize what had happened. It was too much to believe until the Lord pressed them with the evidence. Once convinced, they testified to Jesus’ resurrection even at the cost of their lives.

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Translations for blink

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  • примигвам, премигвам, мигам, примигване, миг, миганеBulgarian
  • bliknout, mrknutí, blikat, mrknoutCzech
  • mit den Augen zwinkern, blinken, Zwinkern, AugenzwinkernGerman
  • palpebrumiEsperanto
  • parpadear, guiñar, titilar, destellar, parpadeoSpanish
  • räpyttää silmiä, väläyttää valoja, silmänräpäytys, välkyttää, räpäyttää silmiä, välkkyä, silmänräpäysFinnish
  • ciller, cligner des yeux, faire un appel de phares, cligner, clignoterFrench
  • priobadh, caog, priob, caogadhScottish Gaelic
  • מצמץHebrew
  • pislant, pislogHungarian
  • թարթելArmenian
  • lampeggiare, segnalare, sbattere le ciglia, battito di cigliaItalian
  • 点滅, パッシング, 瞬く, まばたき, チラ見Japanese
  • დახუჭვა, ახამხამებს, დახუჭავსGeorgian
  • تروکاندنKurdish
  • palpabunt, nictor, conniveo, palpebrō, nictoLatin
  • трепкам, блиндирамMacedonian
  • blunke, blinkeNorwegian
  • flitsen, knipperenDutch
  • migać, mignąć, mrugać, mrugnąćPolish
  • piscar, olhadelaPortuguese
  • ch'illmipakuyQuechua
  • clipiRomanian
  • моргнуть, моргать, мигнуть, мигать, мигRussian
  • blinkaSwedish

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    not transmitting or reflecting light or radiant energy; impenetrable to sight
    • A. abrupt
    • B. victimised
    • C. handsome
    • D. opaque

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