What does blink mean?

blink meaning in General Dictionary

A glimpse or glimpse

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  • To shut out of sight to prevent or purposely evade to shirk as to blink the question
  • gleam or shine intermittently
  • keep right back by blinking
  • a reflex that closes and starts the eyes quickly
  • quickly shut the eyes
  • To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
  • To see with all the eyes half shut, or indistinctly in accordance with regular winking, as one with poor eyes.
  • To shine, esp. with periodic light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
  • to show somewhat sour, as alcohol, minor, etc.
  • To shut-out of picture; in order to prevent, or purposely avoid; to shirk; as, to blink the question.
  • To trick; to deceive.
  • A glimpse or look.
  • Gleam; glimmer; sparkle.
  • The dazzling whiteness in regards to the horizon caused by the representation of light from industries of ice at ocean; ice blink.
  • Boughs cast in which deer tend to be to pass, to turn or always check all of them.

blink meaning in Etymology Dictionary

1580s, possibly from center Dutch blinken "to glitter," which is of uncertain source, possibly, with German blinken "to gleam, sparkle, twinkle," from a nasalized form of base found in Old English blican "to shine, sparkle" (see bleach (v.)). Center English had blynke (c.1300) within the sense "a brief gleam or spark," perhaps a variant of blench "to go out of the blue or sharply; to increase your eyelids" (c.1200), possibly from rare Old English blencan "deceive." Associated: Blinked; blinking. The past, as a euphemism for a stronger term, is attested by 1914.

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  • 1590s, "a glance;" see blink (v.). As is the actual situation because of the verb, there is a similar term in center English, in use from c.1300, that might express a native kind of the same root.

blink meaning in General Dictionary

(v. i.) To wink; to twinkle with, or much like, a person's eye.

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  • (v. i.) To see with the eyes half-shut, or indistinctly with frequent winking, as people with weak eyes.
  • (v. i.) To shine, esp. with periodic light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
  • (v. i.) To turn somewhat bad, as alcohol, mild, etc.
  • (v. t.) To shut-out of picture; to prevent, or purposely avoid; to shirk; because, to blink the question.
  • (v. t.) To fool; to deceive.
  • (v. i.) A glimpse or glimpse.
  • (v. i.) Gleam; glimmer; glow.
  • (v. i.) The dazzling whiteness concerning the horizon brought on by the reflection of light from industries of ice at sea; ice blink.
  • (pl.) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or examine all of them.

Sentence Examples with the word blink

Comus was the sire of Humphrey Clinker (1822), whose son was Melbourne (1834), sire of West Australian (1850) and of many valuable mares, including Canezou (1845) and Blink Bonny (1854), dam of Blair Athol.

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