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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.

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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  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. Kim Young-hee:

    Everything will not be resolved in the blink of an eye, kim Jong Un has put the ball in the U.S. court. He declared denuclearization, and promised to halt nuclear tests.

  2. Rebecca Black:

    I was like this was fun, this was something creative for me to do over Christmas break, after it went on the internet, it literally blew up in the blink of an eye … the hate and comments were everywhere. No one can prep you for that kind of thing.

  3. Economist Brian Jackson:

    One to three years is a blink of an eye in terms of city developments, so many of these cities still have time to fill and become functional.

  4. Salman Aziz:

    People change just in a blink! You won’t get any explanation for that. They change in front of your eyes or behind of your eyes. Just they change unconditionally.

  5. Heather Lydia Thornhill:

    The way that I miss you is like heavy rain drenching every inch of my body, and when I am dry again and forget you I miss missing you, until tears fill my eyes and I blink too fast to remember you until your face flashes before my eyes.

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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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    the quality of being impenetrable (by people or light or missiles etc.)
    • A. imperviousness
    • B. anestrus
    • C. impounding
    • D. exponent

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