twinkling

noun
twin·​kling | \ˈtwiŋ-k(ə-)liŋ \

Definition of twinkling 

: the time required for a wink : instant the kettle will boil in a twinklingPunch

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Examples of twinkling in a Sentence

in a twinkling, the rabbit had disappeared

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Some quantum effects are hiding in plain sight, blatantly and beautifully obvious, like the sun’s rays and the twinkling of the stars — something else that couldn’t be fully explained before the advent of quantum mechanics. Tim Folger, Discover Magazine, "How Quantum Mechanics Lets Us See, Smell and Touch," 24 Oct. 2018 The twinkling of the light from that very first pulsar alerted astronomers to the presence of interstellar material (the stuff between stars), and pulsars were used to confirm the first exoplanets. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Jocelyn Bell Burnell wins $3 million prize for discovering pulsars," 6 Sep. 2018 As Gabriella Paiella wrote in her recent ode, there is much to love about Tony Shalhoub: his lush and broad mustache, his twinkling eyes, his comedic timing, and of course, his acting chops. The Cut, "Express Your Summer Feelings With This New Cut T-Shirt," 22 June 2018 Tucked away in the depths of the 387-acre West Los Angeles VA Campus, guests gathered under the twinkling lights in the Japanese Garden for the opening night of Henry IV on Saturday. Katie Campione, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hollywood Gathers to Support Tom Hanks, Shakespeare Center of L.A. in 'Henry IV' Performance," 11 June 2018 Sure, country songs are brimming with love stories (some happy, some sad, and some furious), but good luck finding a song or music video in which two men fall in love under the twinkling stars or a woman mourns the loss of her girlfriend. refinery29.com, "How Country Music Became A Safe(r) Space For LGBTQ+ Artists," 8 June 2018 The males show up and light up to attract the female fireflies, who watch from a distance and respond with their own twinkling light show. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "This Is the Best Place in North America to See Synchronous Fireflies," 3 Apr. 2018 Now, Farsali is about to expand its Jelly Beam shade range with two brand-new twinkling hues, and Allure got all the exclusive details on them. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Farsali Is Dropping Two New Jelly Beam Highlighter Shades," 21 May 2018 For the evening’s festivities, the rows of chairs had been replaced by round tables, and the stage was festooned in twinkling lights. A-LIST, "Social Light: Inside The Old Vic Theatre’s Bicentenary Gala," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of twinkling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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twinkling

noun
twin·​kling | \ˈtwiŋ-kliŋ\

Kids Definition of twinkling

: twinkle entry 2 sense 2 Off they went … and … had their clothes on in a twinkling— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking

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