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Definitions for twinkling
ˈtwɪŋ klɪŋtwin·kling

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minuteadjective

    a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

    "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

  2. twinkling(a)adjective

    shining intermittently with a sparkling light

    "twinkling stars"


  1. twinklingnoun

    A shining with fast intermittent light.

  2. twinklingnoun

    The time it takes to blink the eyes.

  3. twinklingadjective

    Sparkling intermittently.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Twinkle, Twinklingnoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    Suddenly, with twinkle of her eye,
    The damsel broke his misintended dart. Edmund Spenser.

    I come, I come; the least twinkle had brought me to thee. John Dryden, Don Sebastian.

    Money can thy wants at will supply,
    Shields, steeds, and arms, and all things for thee meet,
    It can pourvey in twinkling of an eye. Fairy Queen.

    These false beauties of the stage are no more lasting than a rainbow; when the actor gilds them no longer with his reflection, they vanish in a twinkling. Dryden.

    The action, passion, and manners of so many persons in a picture, are to be discerned in the twinkling of an eye, if the sight could travel over so many different objects all at once. Dryden.


  1. Twinkling

    Twinkling, also called scintillation, is a generic term for variations in apparent brightness, colour, or position of a distant luminous object viewed through a medium. If the object lies outside the Earth's atmosphere, as in the case of stars and planets, the phenomenon is termed astronomical scintillation; for objects within the atmosphere, the phenomenon is termed terrestrial scintillation. As one of the three principal factors governing astronomical seeing (the others being light pollution and cloud cover), atmospheric scintillation is defined as variations in illuminance only. In simple terms, twinkling of stars is caused by the passing of light through different layers of a turbulent atmosphere. Most scintillation effects are caused by anomalous atmospheric refraction caused by small-scale fluctuations in air density usually related to temperature gradients. Scintillation effects are always much more pronounced near the horizon than near the zenith (directly overhead), since light rays near the horizon must penetrate a denser layer of and have longer paths through the atmosphere before reaching the observer. Atmospheric twinkling is measured quantitatively using a scintillometer. The effects of twinkling are reduced by using a larger receiver aperture; this effect is known as aperture averaging.While light from stars and other astronomical objects is likely to twinkle, twinkling usually does not cause images of planets to flicker appreciably. Stars twinkle because they are so far from Earth that they appear as point sources of light easily disturbed by Earth's atmospheric turbulence, which acts like lenses and prisms diverting the light's path. Large astronomical objects closer to Earth, like the Moon and other planets, encompass many points in space and can be resolved as objects with observable diameters. With multiple observed points of light traversing the atmosphere, their light's deviations average out and the viewer perceives less variation in light coming from them.


  1. twinkling

    Twinkling refers to the act or process of emitting light intermittently with rapid changes in brightness; usually applied to stars or other celestial bodies. It can also refer to anything displaying a playful shimmering change or variation.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Twinkling

    of Twinkle

  2. Twinklingnoun

    the act of one who, or of that which, twinkles; a quick movement of the eye; a wink; a twinkle

  3. Twinklingnoun

    a shining with intermitted light; a scintillation; a sparkling; as, the twinkling of the stars

  4. Twinklingnoun

    the time of a wink; a moment; an instant

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of twinkling in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of twinkling in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of twinkling in a Sentence

  1. Ganga Sagar Pant:

    If you always look down and dark, you have possibility of going to depression; you can change yourself towards light and colorful lives by looking up. Look at the sky, stars, galaxies, the infinity of the Universe..., you will start shining and twinkling as you are truly one among those!

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