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ˈtwɪŋ kəltwin·kle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. twinkle, scintillation, sparklingnoun

    a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash

  2. sparkle, twinkle, spark, lightverb

    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

    "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"

  3. flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkleverb

    gleam or glow intermittently

    "The lights were flashing"

  4. twinkle, winkle, scintillateverb

    emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

    "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"

Wiktionary

  1. twinklenoun

    a sparkle or glimmer of light

    Etymology: from twinclian

  2. twinklenoun

    a sparkle of delight in the eyes.

    He was a rotund, jolly man with a twinkle in his eye.

    Etymology: from twinclian

  3. twinklenoun

    a flitting movement

    Etymology: from twinclian

  4. twinkleverb

    to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer

    Etymology: from twinclian

  5. twinkleverb

    to be bright with delight

    His shrewd little eyes twinkled roguishly.

    Etymology: from twinclian

  6. twinkleverb

    to bat, blink or wink the eyes

    Etymology: from twinclian

  7. twinkleverb

    to flit to and fro

    Etymology: from twinclian

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twinkleverb

    to open and shut the eye rapidly; to blink; to wink

  2. Twinkleverb

    to shine with an intermitted or a broken, quavering light; to flash at intervals; to sparkle; to scintillate

  3. Twinklenoun

    a closing or opening, or a quick motion, of the eye; a wink or sparkle of the eye

  4. Twinklenoun

    a brief flash or gleam, esp. when rapidly repeated

  5. Twinklenoun

    the time of a wink; a twinkling

Freebase

  1. TWINKLE

    TWINKLE is a hypothetical integer factorization device described in 1999 by Adi Shamir and purported to be capable of factoring 512-bit integers. The name is an acronym of "The Weizmann Institute Key Locating Engine". It is also a pun on the twinkling LEDs used in the device. The goal of TWINKLE is to implement the sieving step of the Number Field Sieve algorithm, which is the fastest known algorithm for factoring large integers. The sieving step, at least for 512-bit and larger integers, is the most time consuming step of NFS. It involves testing a large set of numbers for B-'smoothness', i.e., absence of a prime factor greater than a specified bound B. What is remarkable about TWINKLE is that it is not a purely digital device. It gets its efficiency by eschewing binary arithmetic for an "optical" adder which can add hundreds of thousands of quantities in a single clock cycle. The key idea used is "time-space inversion". Conventional NFS sieving is carried out one prime at a time. For each prime, all the numbers to be tested for smoothness in the range under consideration which are divisible by that prime have their counter incremented by the logarithm of the prime. TWINKLE, on the other hand, works one candidate smooth number at a time. There is one LED corresponding to each prime smaller than B. At the time instant corresponding to X, the set of LEDs glowing corresponds to the set of primes that divide X. This can be accomplished by having the LED associated with the prime p glow once every p time instants. Further, the intensity of each LED is proportional to the logarithm of the corresponding prime. Thus, the total intensity equals the sum of the logarithms of all the prime factors of X smaller than B. This intensity is equal to the logarithm of X if and only if X is B-smooth.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Twinkle

    twing′kl, v.i. to blink: to shine with a trembling, sparkling light: to sparkle: to open and shut the eyes rapidly: to quiver.—ns. Twink′le, Twink′ling, a quick motion of the eye: the time occupied by a wink: an instant: the scintillation of the fixed stars; Twink′ler. [A.S. twinclian.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twinkle in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twinkle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of twinkle in a Sentence

  1. George Pataki:

    Perhaps it was a twinkle in his eye, but Governor Pataki has said stated clearly and repeatedly that, but for our nation's arcane campaign finance laws, he could very well be a candidate for president right now.

  2. Bethenny Frankel:

    We met on a dating app, i was pretty lucky when I walked in and saw him. He had a twinkle. He came as advertised — better than advertised. He overshot the mark.

  3. Phil Brock:

    Pat had the ability to bring laughter and kindness to any role. The twinkle in his Irish eyes let you know that you were in on the joke.

  4. Elaine Nessle:

    I think public agencies are ready to move forward. These projects are much more than just a twinkle in someone's eye.

  5. Robert Massey:

    Unlike stars, Royal Astronomical Society won't twinkle, even when Royal Astronomical Society's low down, Royal Astronomical Society will look pretty steady, and Royal Astronomical Society will make Royal Astronomical Society stand out. You'll need a good clear southern horizon to see it.

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