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

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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 That’s the blue cube that turned out to be the Infinity Stone granting control over space, letting its possessor blink away to parts unknown and reappear someplace else (in a later movie, for example). Alex Kane, USA TODAY, 9 June 2021 Each twin, with electrodes on their scalps, was placed in a separate room and asked to blink on command. New York Times, 25 May 2021 In the case of Kabbage, ProPublica discovered that the company had boasted that 75% of its loans were processed without ever passing before the eyes of a human who might blink at the sight of a Minnesota orange grove. Star Tribune, 24 May 2021 Patton Kizzire and Daniel Berger posted low scores early to reach 21-under and waited along with Lee’s playing partner Sam Burns to see if the 29-year-old South Korean would blink. Randy Jennings, Dallas News, 16 May 2021 Frogs and toads seem to blink when eating because their eyes are pulled inward briefly, helping push food down their throats. Washington Post, 4 May 2021 The two of them kiss as the crickets roar and the fireflies blink and the clouds roll over the moon in a way that makes both of them more beautiful. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 22 Apr. 2021 Atlético Madrid had, quietly, been the first to blink, contacting UEFA on Tuesday morning to start to pick a way back. New York Times, 21 Apr. 2021 CNN)In the pitch-black night, the teens' eyes blink in confusion as the bright beam of a constable's flashlight shines in their direction. Rosa Flores, CNN, 19 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The building’s transformation from a major industry restaurant to mom-and-pop shop happened in the blink of an eye. Isabella Chan, courant.com, 20 June 2021 In the blink of an eye, the Nets have devolved from juggernauts into jugger-nots. Arkansas Online, 14 June 2021 In the blink of an eye, Yorkville (17-13-1) went from needing three outs to win to being down three runs going into the bottom of the seventh. Paul Johnson, chicagotribune.com, 12 June 2021 Maybe that’s why John Mulaney sold out 21 Boston shows in the blink of an eye. BostonGlobe.com, 11 June 2021 Homes are selling in the blink of an eye, buyers continue to enjoy historic low mortgage rates and real estate professionals are soaking up opportunities missed from last year’s spring selling season. David Marine, Forbes, 7 June 2021 In the blink of an eye, interest in both phosphine and Venus—from the public, media and scientific community—exploded. Robin George Andrews, Scientific American, 2 June 2021 Just like the M1-powered MacBooks, this computer is fast—blink-of-an-eye wake-up fast. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 18 May 2021 In what seemed like the blink of an eye — six pitches, to be exact — the game was tied 6-6. Joe Freeman, oregonlive, 15 May 2021

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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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23 Jun 2021

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“Blink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/blink. Accessed 25 Jun. 2021.

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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

blink

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

blink

noun

Medical Definition of blink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye

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