\ ˈbliŋk How to pronounce blink (audio) \
blinked; blinking; blinks

Definition of blink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a obsolete : to look glancingly : peep
b : to look with half-shut eyes
c : to close and open the eyes involuntarily
2 : to shine dimly or intermittently
3a : to look with too little concern
b : to look with surprise or dismay
4 : yield, give in each side waiting for the other to blink

transitive verb

1a : to cause to blink
b : to remove (something, such as tears) from the eye by blinking
2 : to deny recognition to



Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 chiefly Scotland : glimpse, glance
3 : a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye
4 : iceblink
in the blink of an eye
: in an instant
on the blink
: in or into a disabled or useless condition the TV is on the blink

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Synonyms for blink

Synonyms: Verb

flash, twinkle, wink

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Examples of blink in a Sentence


She blinked when the light flashed. Her eyes blinked when the light flashed. She blinked her eyes when the light flashed.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Longtime customers of Theo’s Kitchen, which was making the Hourglass District cool (or at the very least, tasty) decades before savvy developers decided to brand this stretch of Curry Ford Road, won’t blink at this. Amy Drew Thompson,, "Theo’s Kitchen: ’80s-era Orlando favorite gets ’em to the Greek," 4 July 2019 Baseball, however, has become a game defined by 95 mph fastballs, big swings and blink-of-an-eye exit velocity off the bat. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Newman vs. Kiz: Do major-league ballparks need to be wrapped in more protective netting?," 24 June 2019 Hard-liners on both sides will play a dangerous game of chicken to see who blinks first. Doyle Mcmanus,, "Iran’s behavior isn’t as mysterious as it looks," 19 June 2019 Sale, who gave up just three hits over eight innings and struck out 14 in his previous start against the Orioles (21-49), wasn’t quite as overpowering this time, but Bundy blinked first. Peter Schmuck,, "Dylan Bundy solid again, but Red Sox ace Chris Sale is too much for Orioles in 7-2 Boston win," 15 June 2019 Lights — like cat's eyes popping open in the dark — immediately began blinking on in all sections of the city as soon as the sirens sounded. Dallas News, "D-Day as Dallas lived it," 6 June 2019 However, the system can maintain control past emergency vehicle crossings, grade crossings with no traffic control devices, and through blinking yellow lights. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Cadillac adds 70,000 miles of new roads to Super Cruise driver assist," 5 June 2019 Throughout the trip, the device in his pocket—the size of a portable hard drive, all black, with a single button on the center of one side and a blinking blue LED light above it—remained silent. Dan Dubno, Popular Mechanics, "This Tiny Device Can Detect Nuclear Armageddon," 25 Apr. 2019 The room stays dark thanks to blackout shades, track-mounted to the walls so there are zero gaps, and the absence of any of those random blinking gadget lights that can make waking up in a dark hotel room like witnessing a UFO landing. Howie Kahn, WSJ, "The Hotel Where You’ll Be ‘Sleep-Coached’ Into Bed," 27 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Her knowing response to the presidential pageantry was left instead to the blink of one eye. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "A duchess winked behind Donald Trump’s back. What was she telling us?," 4 June 2019 Timescales on the order of 1,400 years represent a mere blink of an eye in evolutionary terms, so the potential clearly exists for the unique structure of an archipelago to accelerate evolutionary change. Quanta Magazine, "Solution: ‘Evolutionary Math and Just-So Stories’," 7 Sep. 2018 More time between blinks allows more time for eye fluid to evaporate. Heloise, Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Does your child have a mortgage?," 25 June 2019 The latter was the first song to signal now- former blink singer-guitarist Tom DeLonge’s fascination with UFOs, which prompted his 2015 departure from the band to launch his Encinitas-based To The Stars Academy of Arts & Science. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Summer arts 2019 | Music: Cécile McLorin Salvant, Bryan Ferry, blink-182 and more," 15 June 2019 Audience members watched in awe as Copperfield worked his magic on two seemingly ordinary cardboard boxes, levitating and spinning them until, in the blink of an eye, out popped—a man? Maddie Burakoff, Smithsonian, "David Copperfield Welcomes New Citizens With a Magic Show and a History Lesson," 14 June 2019 Milo moves his hands and eyebrows, blinks and makes eye contact during a session that is used as part of their autism therapy. ... Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Robots Take a Turn Leading Autism Therapy in Schools," 20 May 2019 Jaime Dies This comes from another blink-and-you-missed-it moment in the new trailer. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Need to Read Before Season 8 Premieres," 8 Mar. 2019 In a blink of an eye, your wonderful daughter, kid brother, or sweet cousin is all grown-up and walking across the big stage to receive their diploma. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s What to Write in a Graduation Card to Your Favorite New Adult," 22 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of blink


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blink


Middle English, to open one's eyes

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English Language Learners Definition of blink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close and then open your eyes very quickly
: to shine with a light that goes on and off
: to show that you are surprised or upset



English Language Learners Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

: the act of closing and then opening your eyes very quickly : the act of blinking


\ ˈbliŋk How to pronounce blink (audio) \
blinked; blinking

Kids Definition of blink

1 : to shut and open the eyes quickly
2 : to shine with a light that goes or seems to go on and off lights blinking
\ ˈbliŋk How to pronounce blink (audio) \

Medical Definition of blink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close and open the eyes involuntarily (as when struggling against drowsiness or when dazzled)

transitive verb

1 : to close and open (the eye) involuntarily
2 : to remove (as tears) from the eye by blinking



Medical Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye

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