eye·​blink | \ˈī-ˌbliŋk \

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

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His expression is relaxed, and his eyes blink slowly behind horn-rimmed glasses. Elizabeth Bernstein, WSJ, "The Future of Therapy: Becoming Someone Else in VR," 16 Apr. 2018 The tracking system—which can handle eye blinks, eyebrow movements, lip flap, mouth shape, and head angle—just isn't very good. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Galaxy S9+ review—Faster specs, better biometrics in a familiar package," 15 Mar. 2018 Think of how many of our finest motions disappear, untracked — how many eye blinks and toe twitches and secret glances vanish into nothing. Photographs By Christopher Payne Text By Sam Anderson, New York Times, "Inside One of America’s Last Pencil Factories," 12 Jan. 2018 Inventors have been using eye blinks to communicate with those in the latter stages of ALS or locked-in patients who otherwise have lost the use of their bodies aside from the ability to blink. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "Blink Once For Yes: You Can ‘Talk’ to This New Computer Interface With Your Eyes," 15 Aug. 2017 Mirroring her trainer, Babs remained calm, ears forward, eyes blinking, feet firm. Autumn Payne, sacbee, "A wild mustang no more, Babs will soon patrol the streets of Sacramento," 13 Oct. 2017 Jaime Garcia was a Minnesota Twin for less than a week in July, an eye blink in the context of a baseball season, and his claim to fame in that brief period was being the winning pitcher in the only game his new club won in a 10-day period. Wallace Matthews, New York Times, "Jaime Garcia Leads Yankees Past Twins, Bringing His 2017 Season Full Circle," 18 Sep. 2017 One way to get hands-free input, in this case or for anyone who can only operate his or her eyes—or just someone who has both hands occupied—is to track eye blinks. Nathan Hurst, Smithsonian, "Blink Once For Yes: You Can ‘Talk’ to This New Computer Interface With Your Eyes," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of eyeblink

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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