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blink

 (blĭngk)
v. blinked, blink·ing, blinks
v.intr.
1. To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
2. To look in astonishment or disbelief, typically with the eyes blinking: stood blinking at the money they found in the drawer; blinked at the results of the experiment.
3. To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint: blinked at the page trying to make out the letters.
4. To give off light with intermittent gleams; flash on and off: "blazing neon signs, brilliant shop windows, decorations blinking across the fronts of half-finished tower blocks" (Jess Row).
5. To pretend to be ignorant of; disregard or condone: a mayor who refused to blink at corruption.
6. To waver or back down, as in a contest of wills: "This was the first genuine, direct confrontation between this administration and the Soviets. It was the U.S.A. that blinked" (Zbigniew Brzezinski).
v.tr.
1. To cause to blink: blinked his eyes to clear his vision.
2. To hold back or remove from the eyes by blinking: blinked back the tears.
3. To refuse to recognize or face: blink ugly facts.
4. To transmit (a message) with a flashing light.
n.
1. The act or an instance of rapidly closing and opening the eyes or an eye.
2. An instant: I'll be back in a blink.
3. Scots A quick look or glimpse; a glance.
4. A flash of light; a twinkle.
5. See iceblink.
Idioms:
in the blink of an eye
Very quickly.
on the blink
Out of working order.
without blinking an eye
Without showing any reaction.

[Probably Middle English blinken, to move suddenly, variant of blenchen; see blench1.]

blink

(blɪŋk)
vb
1. to close and immediately reopen (the eyes or an eye), usually involuntarily
2. (intr) to look with the eyes partially closed, as in strong sunlight
3. to shine intermittently, as in signalling, or unsteadily
4. (tr; foll by away, from, etc) to clear the eyes of (dust, tears, etc)
5. (when: tr, usually foll by at) to be surprised or amazed: he blinked at the splendour of the ceremony.
6. (when: intr, foll by at) to pretend not to know or see (a fault, injustice, etc)
n
7. the act or an instance of blinking
8. a glance; glimpse
9. (Physical Geography) short for iceblink1
10. on the blink slang not working properly
[C14: variant of blench1; related to Middle Dutch blinken to glitter, Danish blinke to wink, Swedish blinka]

blink

(blɪŋk)
v.i.
1. to open and close the eye, esp. involuntarily.
2. to be startled or dismayed (usu. fol. by at): She blinked at his outburst.
3. to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often fol. by at): to blink at another's eccentricities.
4. to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle.
5. Informal. to retreat from a challenge; yield.
v.t.
6. to open and close (the eye or eyes), usu. rapidly and repeatedly; wink.
7. to cause (something) to blink.
8. to ignore deliberately; disregard; evade.
n.
9. an act of blinking; flicker; flutter.
10. a gleam; glimmer.
Idioms:
on the blink, not working properly; in need of repair.
[1250–1300; Middle English, variant of blenken to blench1]

blink


Past participle: blinked
Gerund: blinking

Imperative
blink
blink
Present
I blink
you blink
he/she/it blinks
we blink
you blink
they blink
Preterite
I blinked
you blinked
he/she/it blinked
we blinked
you blinked
they blinked
Present Continuous
I am blinking
you are blinking
he/she/it is blinking
we are blinking
you are blinking
they are blinking
Present Perfect
I have blinked
you have blinked
he/she/it has blinked
we have blinked
you have blinked
they have blinked
Past Continuous
I was blinking
you were blinking
he/she/it was blinking
we were blinking
you were blinking
they were blinking
Past Perfect
I had blinked
you had blinked
he/she/it had blinked
we had blinked
you had blinked
they had blinked
Future
I will blink
you will blink
he/she/it will blink
we will blink
you will blink
they will blink
Future Perfect
I will have blinked
you will have blinked
he/she/it will have blinked
we will have blinked
you will have blinked
they will have blinked
Future Continuous
I will be blinking
you will be blinking
he/she/it will be blinking
we will be blinking
you will be blinking
they will be blinking
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been blinking
you have been blinking
he/she/it has been blinking
we have been blinking
you have been blinking
they have been blinking
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been blinking
you will have been blinking
he/she/it will have been blinking
we will have been blinking
you will have been blinking
they will have been blinking
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been blinking
you had been blinking
he/she/it had been blinking
we had been blinking
you had been blinking
they had been blinking
Conditional
I would blink
you would blink
he/she/it would blink
we would blink
you would blink
they would blink
Past Conditional
I would have blinked
you would have blinked
he/she/it would have blinked
we would have blinked
you would have blinked
they would have blinked
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blink - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidlyblink - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
palpebration - repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)
Verb1.blink - briefly shut the eyesblink - briefly shut the eyes; "The TV announcer never seems to blink"
palpebrate - wink or blink, especially repeatedly
bat, flutter - wink briefly; "bat one's eyelids"
act involuntarily, act reflexively - act in an uncontrolled manner
2.blink - force to go away by blinkingblink - force to go away by blinking; "blink away tears"
conquer, inhibit, stamp down, suppress, subdue, curb - to put down by force or authority; "suppress a nascent uprising"; "stamp down on littering"; "conquer one's desires"
3.blink - gleam or glow intermittentlyblink - gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
flick, flicker - flash intermittently; "The lights flicked on and off"
radiate - cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays; "The sun is radiating"

blink

verb
1. flutter, wink, bat She was blinking her eyes rapidly.
2. flash, flicker, sparkle, wink, shimmer, twinkle, glimmer, scintillate Green and yellow lights blinked on the surface of the harbour.
on the blink (Slang) not working (properly), faulty, defective, playing up, out of action, malfunctioning, out of order, on the fritz (U.S. slang) an old TV that's on the blink
the blink of an eye an instant, a second, a minute, no time, a flash, a moment, a split second, a tick (Brit. informal), a twinkling, a trice, a jiffy (informal), two shakes (informal), a shake (informal), two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), the bat of an eye (informal) It was all over in the blink of an eye.

blink

verb
1. To open and close the eyes rapidly:
2. To shine with intermittent gleams:
3. To pretend not to see.Also used with at:
noun
1. A brief closing of the eyes:
2. A sudden quick light:
Translations
طَرْفَةُ عَيْن، رَمْشَةٌيَرْمُشُ، يَطْرف العَيْنيُوْمِضُ
mrknoutmrknutímrkánímrkat
blinkeblinken
räpäyttää
trepnuti
depldepla, blikka
まばたきする
눈을 깜박이다
mirksėjimasmirksėti
mirkšķināšanamirkšķināt
žmurkaniežmurknúť
mežikati
blinkakisa
กะพริบตา
gözlerini kırpmakkırpıştırmakgöz kırpmagözlerini kırpıştırma
nháy mắt

blink

[blɪŋk]
A. N [of eyes] → parpadeo m; (= gleam) → destello m
in the blink of an eyeen un abrir y cerrar de ojos
to be on the blink (TV etc) → estar averiado
B. VT [+ eyes] → cerrar
C. VI [eyes] → parpadear, pestañear; [light] → parpadear
blink at VI + PREP (= ignore) → pasar por alto

blink

[ˈblɪŋk]
vi
[person] → cligner des yeux; [eye] → cligner
without blinking → sans sourciller
to blink at sb → regarder qn en clignant des yeux
[light] → clignoter
vt
to blink one's eyes → cligner des yeux
n
[eye] → clignement m de paupières, battement m de paupières
in the blink of an eye (= quickly) → en un clin d'œil
to be on the blink [machine] → être détraqué(e)
The TV's on the blink → La télé est détraquée.

blink

nBlinzeln nt; in the blink of an eyeim Nu; to be on the blink (inf)kaputt sein (inf)
vi
(person)blinzeln, zwinkern
(light)blinken
vt to blink one’s eyesmit den Augen zwinkern

blink

[blɪŋk]
1. nbattito di ciglia
to be on the blink (fam) (car, machine) → essere scassato/a
2. vt to blink one's eyessbattere le palpebre
3. visbattere le palpebre; (light) → lampeggiare

blink

(bliŋk) verb
to move (the eyelids) rapidly up and down. It is impossible to stare for a long time without blinking.
noun
a rapid movement of the eyelids.

blink

يُوْمِضُ mrknout blinke blinzeln βλεφαρίζω parpadear räpäyttää cligner trepnuti battere le palpebre まばたきする 눈을 깜박이다 knipperen blunke mrugnąć piscar мигать blinka กะพริบตา gözlerini kırpmak nháy mắt 眨眼

blink

v. parpadear, pestañear; movimiento involuntario rápido de los ojos.

blink

n parpadeo; vi parpadear
References in classic literature ?
I never seen people look so helpless and tangled up, and I hain't ever seen eyes bug out and gaze without a blink the way theirn did.
It is not possible to blink the truth that Emma Jane was dull; but a dogged, unswerving loyalty, and the gift of devoted, unselfish loving, these, after all, are talents of a sort, and may possibly be of as much value in the world as a sense of numbers or a faculty for languages.
Suddenly his eye gave a blink, as if it had met something that either dazzled or shocked its pupil; turning, he said in more rapid accents than he had hitherto used -
If your business necessitated your seeing "the House," you were put into a species of Condemned Hold at the back, where you meditated on a misspent life, until the House came with its bands in its pockets, and you could hardly blink at it in the dismal twilight.
It was idle to blink facts: here was John home again, and Beatson - Old Beatson - did not care a rush.
English whalers have given it the name of "ice blink.
Sometimes the sun, shining through the clouds, made her blink her lids, when she gazed at the sails in the distance, and let her eyes roam over the horizon from the chateau of Tancarville to the lighthouses of Havre.
Or, perhaps, he would lift himself to a sitting posture, blink at the fire for an unintelligent moment, throw a swift glance at his prostrate companion, and then cuddle down again with a grunt of sleepy content.
With the first blink of dawn, the rest sought the horses; brought them to the camp, and tied them up, until an hour after sunrise; when, the sentinel having reported that all was well, they sprang once more into their saddles, and pursued the most covert and secret paths up the mountain, avoiding the direct route.
A shooting-star to northward filled the sky with the green blink of a meteorite dissipating itself in our atmosphere.
I spoke looking her straight in the face and I made that exquisite, aristocratic old woman positively blink by my directness.
Pussy can sit on the arm of the chair and purr, and Montmorency will curl himself up on the rug and blink at the fire, yet keeping one eye on you the while, in case you are seized with any sudden desire in the direction of rats.