Definitions for: Blink


[n] a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
[v] briefly shut the eyes; "The TV announcer never seems to blink"
[v] force to go away by blinking; "blink away tears"
[v] gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"



Webster (1913) Definition: Blink, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Blinked; p. pr. & vb. n.
Blinking.] [OE. blenken; akin to dan. blinke, Sw. blinka,
G. blinken to shine, glance, wink, twinkle, D. blinken to
shine; and prob. to D. blikken to glance, twinkle, G. blicken
to look, glance, AS. bl[=i]can to shine, E. bleak. [root]98.
See Bleak; cf. 1st Blench.]
1. To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.

One eye was blinking, and one leg was lame. --Pope

2. To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with
frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.

Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne.
--Shak.

3. To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to
flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.

The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink.
--Wordsworth.

The sun blinked fair on pool and stream . --Sir W.
Scott.

4. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.


Blink, v. t.
1. To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to
shirk; as, to blink the question.

2. To trick; to deceive. [Scot.] --Jamieson.


Blink, n. [OE. blink. See Blink, v. i. ]
1. A glimpse or glance.

This is the first blink that ever I had of him.
--Bp. Hall.

2. Gleam; glimmer; sparkle. --Sir W. Scott.

Not a blink of light was there. --Wordsworth.

3. (Naut.) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by
the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice
blink.

4. pl. [Cf. Blencher.] (Sporting) Boughs cast where deer
are to pass, to turn or check them. [Prov. Eng.]

Synonyms: blink away, blinking, eye blink, flash, nictate, nictation, nictitate, nictitation, twinkle, wink, wink, wink, winking, winkle

See Also: act involuntarily, act reflexively, bat, conquer, curb, emit light, flick, flicker, flutter, inborn reflex, inhibit, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, palpebrate, palpebration, physiological reaction, radiate, reflex, stamp down, subdue, suppress, unconditioned reflex

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