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

Definition of eyeblink

1 : a brief period of time : instant

Examples of eyeblink in a Sentence

within an eyeblink I accepted their offer on the house
Recent Examples on the Web In the overall timeline of getting meat, firing the gun is little more than an eye blink. David James, Anchorage Daily News, 28 Aug. 2021 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, 10 June 2020 Dowd’s father said with a chuckle, his eyes blinking away tears. Matthias Gafni, SFChronicle.com, 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, 27 Mar. 2020 Glasses made by Optalert measure the driver’s eye blinking with an LED light monitor. New York Times, 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, 1 Mar. 2020 The way his eyes blink wide open illustrate the feeling of suddenly remembering something. Rachel E. Greenspan, Time, 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, 3 Sep. 2019 See More

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First Known Use of eyeblink

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Eyeblink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/eyeblink. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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