- 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.
blink definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Middle 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
blink definition by American Heritage Dictionary
verb blinked, blink·ing, blinks verb, intransitive
- To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
- To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint.
- To shine with intermittent gleams; flash on and off.
- a. To be startled or dismayed.b. 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 look with feigned ignorance: a mayor who blinks at the corruption in city government.
- To cause to blink.
- 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: Probably Middle English blinken, to move suddenly, variant of blenchen; see blench1.
blink - Phrases/Idioms
on the blinkâ
on the blink