What does nictate mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blink, wink, nictitate, nictateverb

    briefly shut the eyes

    "The TV announcer never seems to blink"


  1. nictateverb

    To wink or blink; (of certain animals) to close the nictating membrane.

  2. Etymology: From (the participle stem of) nictare.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Nictateverb

    To wink.

    Etymology: nicto, Latin.

    There are several parts peculiar to brutes, which are wanting in man; as the seventh or suspensory muscle of the eye, the nictating membrane, and the strong aponeuroses on the sides of the neck. John Ray.


  1. nictate

    To nictate means to blink or wink, especially referring to the rapid closing and opening of the eyelids. It is often used to describe the action performed by some animals.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Nictateverb

    to wink; to nictitate

  2. Etymology: [L. nictare, nictatum, from nicere to beckon.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Nictate

    nik′tāt, v.i. to wink—also Nic′titate.—ns. Nic′tātion, Nictitā′tion.—Nictitating membrane, a thin movable membrane covering the eyes of birds. [L. nictāre, -ātum.]

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  1. entatic

  2. tetanic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of nictate in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of nictate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

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  • räpyttää, räpäyttää, räpytelläFinnish
  • моргать, мигатьRussian

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