\ 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

Synonyms for blink

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of blink in a Sentence

Verb She blinked when the light flashed. Her eyes blinked when the light flashed. She blinked her eyes when the light flashed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When they are connected, the status light on the case would blink and then stay. Toby Grey, BGR, 9 May 2022 This New York punk duo stares directly into the hybrid catastrophes piling up on the horizon and does not blink. Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2022 One of the new Multiverse of Madness ads that Marvel released contains a blink-and-you-miss-it scene that could explain one of the film’s big mysteries. Chris Smith, BGR, 22 Apr. 2022 But my main direction is don’t blink, don’t move your face, and say your lines. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Apr. 2022 In many cases, this rapid rotation results in pulsars, neutron stars that have sources of radiation that appear to blink rapidly in time with the star's rotation. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 24 Feb. 2022 In any other timeline this wouldn’t have made anyone blink an eye, as war is beyond a common theme in gaming, but this is taking place exactly during the horrific Russian invasion of Ukraine with very real tanks and bombs. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2022 Despite the flurry of flights crisscrossing Europe to bring leaders together around the tables of diplomacy over the past weeks, the results have been far less spectacular as both sides continue to wait to see who will blink first over the issue. Raf Casert, ajc, 11 Feb. 2022 The question now is whether either side will blink and make dramatic changes to their last proposals. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, 4 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If your dog eats their food in the blink of an eye, one of these slow-feeding bowls might be worth a try. Sara Coughlin, SELF, 11 May 2022 Heck of a job by the third baseman to read, react and snag that screaming line drive in the blink of an eye. Brian Haenchen, The Indianapolis Star, 9 May 2022 The result: The hacker drained about $76 million of cryptocurrency in the blink of an eye. Paul Vigna, WSJ, 8 May 2022 Back in the real world, most people first learned of nuclear fission as a way to destroy an entire city in the blink of an eye. Washington Post, 28 Apr. 2022 In the blink of an eye, the dough becomes strands of uniform noodles as long as a jumping rope. Maggie Hiufu Wong, CNN, 26 Apr. 2022 In the blink of an eye, this protest becomes a full-scale race riot from out of the Civil Rights era. Hilary Lewis, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Apr. 2022 What is our duty as journalists to keep telling these stories, even though, within a blink of an eye, there's another shooting and the previous one is going to be on the back burner? Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, 1 Sep. 2021 In a blink-and-you’d-miss-it-moment, J-Hope almost slipped while making the transition from one stage to the next, but made a smooth (as butter) recovery. Jem Aswad, Variety, 17 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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\ 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


intransitive verb
\ 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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