twin·​kling | \ ˈtwiŋ-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce twinkling (audio) \

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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The greater the air disturbance, the more violent the twinkling. Arnold Pearlstein,, "The Stars This Week: July 7 - 13," 7 July 2019 There’s nothing more magical than a summer evening filled with the twinkling of fireflies. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "How to Attract Fireflies to Your Yard," 10 June 2019 Adding an effervescent elegance that played well with the twinkling, head-swiveling hair accessories, the beauty message was clear: For the time zone-traversing Oscar de la Renta woman, a touch of sparkle is always welcome. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "Oscar de la Renta Will Make You Fall in Love With Hair Jewels," 13 Feb. 2019 The 30-foot tree is decorated with a twinkling cascade of fairy lights and huge, oversized ornaments. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "See the Epic Christmas Tree at Kensington Palace, Where Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle Live," 8 Dec. 2018 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

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First Known Use of twinkling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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