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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Guests convened on the hotel’s beach beds (decorated with twinkling lights) over spicy grapefruit margaritas, and conversations surrounded summertime plans. Zachary Weiss, Vogue, "H&M Gathered a Chic Group in Montauk for a Summery Weeknight Dinner," 26 July 2019 For quake-chasers, those 30 years of twinkling lights are pure eye candy, the geological equivalent of shiny bling-bling. Patrick May, The Mercury News, "Recent California earthquakes and other disasters have spawned a time-lapse treasure trove," 26 July 2019 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

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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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