Blink meaning

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To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
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To turn slightly sour, or blinky, as beer, milk, etc.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint.

Blinked at the page trying to make out the letters.

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To give off light with intermittent gleams; flash on and off.
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To pretend to be ignorant of; disregard or condone.

A mayor who refused to blink at corruption.

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To waver or back down, as in a contest of wills.
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To cause to blink.

Blinked his eyes to clear his vision.

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To hold back or remove from the eyes by blinking.

Blinked back the tears.

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To refuse to recognize or face.

Blink ugly facts.

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To transmit (a message) with a flashing light.
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The act or an instance of rapidly closing and opening the eyes or an eye.
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An instant.

I'll be back in a blink.

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(scots) A quick look or glimpse; a glance.
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A flash of light; a twinkle.
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To close the eyelids and open them quickly one or more times, as either a reflex or a conscious act.
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To flash on and off; twinkle or glimmer.
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To look with eyes half-shut and winking, as in dazzling light.
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Back down (see phrase at back)
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(obs.) To look with a glance.
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To wink (the eyes) rapidly.
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To cause (eyes, light, etc.) to wink or blink.
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To get rid of (tears, eye drops, etc.) by blinking.
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To disregard deliberately (a fact or situation); evade awareness of.
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To signal (a message) by flashing a light, etc.
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A blinking of the eyes.
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A brief flash of light; twinkle or glimmer.
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(chiefly scot.) A quick look; glimpse.
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To close and reopen both eyes quickly.

The loser in the staring game is the person who blinks first.

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To flash headlights on a car at.

An urban legend claims that gang members will attack anyone who blinks them.

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To send a signal with a lighting device.

Don't come to the door until I blink twice.

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To flash on and off at regular intervals.

The blinking text on the screen was distracting.

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(hyperbolic) To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.
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To shut out of sight; to evade; to shirk.

To blink the question.

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(Scotland) To trick; to deceive.

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To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
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To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
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To shine, especially with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
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The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.
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(figuratively) The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes.
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(computing) A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.
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(UK, dialect) Gleam; glimmer; sparkle.

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(nautical) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; iceblink.
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(sports, in the plural) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, in order to turn or check them.
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in the blink of an eye
  • Very quickly.
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on the blink
  • Out of working order.
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without blinking an eye
  • Without showing any reaction.
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on the blink
  • not working right; out of order
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Origin of blink

  • Probably Middle English blinken to move suddenly variant of blenchen blench1

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle Dutch blinken. Related to blank.

    From Wiktionary