in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye

Definition of in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye

  1. :  very quickly He was back in the twinkle/twinkling of an eye.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to shine with a flickering or sparkling light :  scintillate

    :  to flutter the eyelids

    :  to appear bright especially with merriment

  1. :  a wink of the eyelids

    :  the instant's duration of a wink :  twinkling

    :  an intermittent radiance :  flicker, sparkle

  1. :  the time required for a wink :  instant

  1. :  a specialized light-sensitive sensory structure of animals that in nearly all vertebrates, most arthropods, and some mollusks is the image-forming organ of sight

    :  the nearly spherical usually paired hollow organ of sight in vertebrates that is filled with a jellylike material, is lined with a photosensitive retina, and is lodged in a bony orbit in the skull

    :  all the visible structures within and surrounding the orbit and including eyelids, eyelashes, and eyebrows

  1. :  to fix the eyes on :  look at

    :  contemplate, consider

    :  to watch or study closely

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