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
Recent Examples on the Web Its dust coated his hands that had climbed up coconut trees, shielded his twinkling eyes from the overloving sun and caught the force of a waterfall. Amy Doyle, New York Times, "The Gift of Silence, When There Are No Words," 13 Mar. 2020 Wearing a body-hugging long-sleeve top with a hood and an open back, along with a matching voluminous skirt, Janelle topped off the look with three sparkly rings and a twinkling tiered choker. Sara Radin,, "Janelle Monáe Steals The Red Carpet Show Wearing A Sparkly Hood Dress With A Twist," 9 Feb. 2020 Afterward, guests took to the upper deck to enjoy their post-meal wine and look out on the twinkling lights across the Silver Lake Reservoir — a restful pause before the gathering transformed into a full-on dance party. Anna Furman, New York Times, "In Los Angeles, a Dinner Where Dessert Is Picked From the Trees," 13 Mar. 2020 Winterlights is more than a huge twinkling display of 1.5 million lights. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The holiday food events in Indianapolis you don't want to miss this Christmas," 21 Nov. 2019 With the seasonal shift, the space has been transformed into a winter garden, framed by evergreen trees, branches, pine garland and twinkling lights. Leeanne Griffin,, "Outdoor dining in winter? These hot spots make it happen with pop-up igloos, heaters and fire pits," 6 Dec. 2019 The displays, a new feature for this year, include over a million twinkling lights, plus interactive displays like a Snow Safari, Santa’s North Pole lodge and Glacier Glade. Joey Morona, cleveland, "Tobogganing at The Chalet and 10 more things to do this weekend," 28 Dec. 2019 All of these magical holiday moments and traditions are also perfect photo ops—so your Instagram feed will become a blur of twinkling lights, Santa memes, and eggnog toasting boomerangs. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "30 Best Winter Captions for Instagram to Use on Every Snowy Selfie You Post," 10 Dec. 2019 Not to be outdone, the Walkway of Lights in Marble Falls has more than 2 million twinkling lights arranged on individual sculptures for guests to enjoy. Michelle Iracheta, Houston Chronicle, "Jaw-dropping Texas holiday destinations for the whole family," 4 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of twinkling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Twinkling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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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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