blink

verb
\ 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

blink

noun

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

Verb

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

Hard-liners on both sides will play a dangerous game of chicken to see who blinks first. Doyle Mcmanus, latimes.com, "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, baltimoresun.com, "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 The fictional home sits on 40 acres of land and includes a private beach, tennis courts, and a perfect view of that green blinking light across the water. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Here’s How Much It Would Cost to Rent the Insane Mansion in The Great Gatsby For The Night," 19 Apr. 2019 For now, the Levi’s jacket features touch inputs and a tag that blinks and vibrates in sync with your phone. Amy Verner, Vogue, "The Future of Smart Fabric Is in This Fashion Historian’s Hands," 6 Mar. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 After a polite ‘show is about to start’ lightbulb blink in the lobby, guests rushed to take their seats to relive Nureyev’s story. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Anna Wintour, Patti Smith, and Sarah Jessica Parker Attend a Screening for Ralph Fiennes’s White Crow," 24 Apr. 2019 But for one woman in Taiwan, a literal blink of an eye led to a small family of bees making a temporary home under her eyelid. Marci Robin, Allure, "Doctors Found Bees Living in a Woman's Eye and I Now Wear Goggles 24 Hours a Day," 11 Apr. 2019 Luckily, that moment typically passes in the blink of an eye. Marci Robin, Allure, "Doctors Found Bees Living in a Woman's Eye and I Now Wear Goggles 24 Hours a Day," 11 Apr. 2019 Two buses showed up in a blink, scooping up everybody in line. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Winter Olympics postcard: Worst part about these Games? Yet to find it," 19 Feb. 2018 Some viewers were quick to react to the blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment on social media. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Emma Stone Apologized for Whitewashing in Aloha in the Middle of the Golden Globes Monologue," 7 Jan. 2019 Without a host to set it up, the comment is a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it-moment that lands like a punch. Ellen Gamerman, WSJ, "Listen Up, This Podcast Will Just Take a Minute," 31 Dec. 2018 But there's a blink-and-you-missed-it moment that happens early on in the video—also during a Mean Girls montage—that's just as surprising. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "Ariana Grande Wrote an Apology to Pete Davidson in Her 'Thank U, Next' Video," 30 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of blink

Verb

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

Noun

1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for blink

Verb

Middle English, to open one's eyes

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The first known use of blink was in the 14th century

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More Definitions for blink

blink

verb

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

blink

noun

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

blink

verb
\ 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

blink

noun

Medical Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye

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