eyeblink

noun
eye·​blink | \ ˈī-ˌbliŋk How to pronounce eyeblink (audio) \

Definition of eyeblink

1 : a brief period of time : instant

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Examples of eyeblink in a Sentence

within an eyeblink I accepted their offer on the house
Recent Examples on the Web Defunding police won’t get an eye blink’s consideration in Florida, but a coalition of conservative groups has been questioning ever-increasing state and local law enforcement, courts and corrections costs for more than a half-decade. Washington Examiner, "Calls to defund police could spark Florida's criminal justice reform effort," 10 June 2020 Dowd’s father said with a chuckle, his eyes blinking away tears. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, "San Jose woman who died Feb. 6 showed no symptoms of coronavirus, father says," 23 Apr. 2020 That point occurred roughly 100 million years before the solar system formed, an eye blink in astronomical time scales. Nola Taylor Redd, Scientific American, "Scientists Trace Neutron Star Crash That Helped Form Our Solar System," 27 Mar. 2020 Glasses made by Optalert measure the driver’s eye blinking with an LED light monitor. New York Times, "Wearable Tech That Tells Drowsy Truckers It’s Time to Pull Over," 11 Feb. 2020 Removing Asia Durr from the University of Louisville women’s basketball team has resulted in a period of adjustment that might be measured in eye blinks. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville women's basketball maintains standard without a transcendent star," 1 Mar. 2020 The way his eyes blink wide open illustrate the feeling of suddenly remembering something. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, "Your Comprehensive Guide to the Best Spongebob Memes Across the Internet’s Sea," 19 Sep. 2019 In less time than an eye blink, these mysterious objects can release enough energy to power the world for three centuries. Seth Shostak, NBC News, "Fast radio bursts from space have baffled scientists for years. But an explanation may come soon.," 3 Sep. 2019 The most serious potential complication is a disorder called tardive dyskinesia (TD) that can cause involuntary movement of the eyes, face, and hands, facial grimacing, rapid eye blinking, and piano playing-like finger movement. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "9 Things You Should Know About Taking Antipsychotic Drugs," 7 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of eyeblink

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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17 Jun 2020

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“Eyeblink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeblink. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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