- The definition of a blink is a quick opening and closing of the eyes, or an on and off flash of light.
- An example of a blink is the eyes being closed for half a second.
- An example of a blink is a shooting star.
- Blink is defined as means to open and close or turn on and off quickly, especially the eyelids.
An example of blink is to rapidly close and open the eyelids.
A little girl blinks.
- to close the eyelids and open them quickly one or more times, as either a reflex or a conscious act
- to flash on and off; twinkle or glimmer
- to look with eyes half-shut and winking, as in dazzling light
- to look (at) as if not seeing; disregard; ignore; condone: to blink at a mistake
- to look (at) with wonder or shock: he blinked at the weight of the players
- Obsolete to look with a glance
Origin of blinkMiddle English blenken, blenchen: see blench
- to wink (the eyes) rapidly
- to cause (eyes, light, etc.) to wink or blink
- to get rid of (tears, eye drops, etc.) by blinking: with away or from
- to close the eyes to (a fact or situation); evade or avoid
- to signal (a message) by flashing a light, etc.
- a blinking of the eyes
- a brief flash of light; twinkle or glimmer
- Chiefly Scot. a quick look; glimpse
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verbblinked, blink·ing, blinks
- To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
- To look in astonishment or disbelief, typically with the eyes blinking: stood blinking at the money they found in the drawer; blinked at the results of the experiment.
- To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint: blinked at the page trying to make out the letters.
- To give off light with intermittent gleams; flash on and off: “blazing neon signs, brilliant shop windows, decorations blinking across the fronts of half-finished tower blocks” (Jess Row).
- To pretend to be ignorant of; disregard or condone: a mayor who refused to blink at corruption.
- To waver or back down, as in a contest of wills: “This was the first genuine, direct confrontation between this administration and the Soviets. It was the U.S.A. that blinked” (Zbigniew Brzezinski).
- To cause to blink: blinked his eyes to clear his vision.
- To hold back or remove from the eyes by blinking: blinked back the tears.
- To refuse to recognize or face: blink ugly facts.
- To transmit (a message) with a flashing light.
- The act or an instance of rapidly closing and opening the eyes or an eye.
- An instant: I'll be back in a blink.
- Scots A quick look or glimpse; a glance.
- A flash of light; a twinkle.
- See iceblink.
Origin of blinkProbably Middle English blinken, to move suddenly, variant of blenchen; see blench1.
(third-person singular simple present blinks, present participle blinking, simple past and past participle blinked)
- To close and reopen both eyes quickly.
- The loser in the staring game is the person who blinks first.
- To flash headlights on a car at.
- An urban legend claims that gang members will attack anyone who blinks them.
- To send a signal with a lighting device.
- Don't come to the door until I blink twice.
- To flash on and off at regular intervals.
- The blinking text on the screen was distracting.
- (hyperbolic) To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.
- To shut out of sight; to evade; to shirk.
- to blink the question
- (Scotland) To trick; to deceive.
- To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
- To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
- To shine, especially with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
- To turn slightly sour, or blinky, as beer, milk, etc.
- The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.
- (figuratively) The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes.
- (computing) A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.
- A glimpse or glance.
- (UK, dialect) gleam; glimmer; sparkle
- (nautical) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; iceblink
- (sports, in the plural) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, in order to turn or check them.
From Middle Dutch blinken. Related to blank.