A looking apart or askance
- to cultivate or make pale
- To baffle to disconcert to turn away and also to obstruct to impede
- To shrink to start out returning to draw back from not enough nerve or quality to flinch to quail
- turn pale, as if in anxiety
- To shrink; to start straight back; to draw right back, from not enough courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.
- To travel down; to make aside.
- To baffle; to disconcert; to show away; -- additionally, to obstruct; to impede.
- to-draw right back from; to reject from anxiety.
- A looking apart or askance.
- to develop or make pale.
Old English blencan "deceive, cheat," from Proto-Germanic *blenk- "to shine, dazzle, blind," from PIE root *bhel- (1) "to shine, flash, burn" (see bleach (v.)). Sense of "move all of a sudden, wince, dodge" is from c.1300. Associated: Blenched; blenching.
(v. i.) To shrink; to start right back; to-draw back, from not enough courage or resolution; to flinch; to quail.
- (v. i.) To fly off; to make apart.
- (v. t.) To baffle; to disconcert; to make away; -- additionally, to impair; to hinder.
- (v. t.) To draw straight back from; to reject from worry.
- (n.) A looking aside or askance.
- (v. i. & t.) To cultivate or make pale.