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twin·kling

 (twĭng′klĭng)
n.
1. The act of blinking.
2. A blink or twinkle: the twinkling of a starry sky.
3. The time it takes to blink once; an instant: disappeared in the twinkling of an eye.

twinkling

(ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ) or

twink

n
a very short time; instant; moment. Also called: twinkling of an eye

twin•kling

(ˈtwɪŋ klɪŋ)

n.
1. an act of shining with intermittent gleams of light.
2. the time required for a wink; an instant.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twinkling - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)twinkling - a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
mo, moment, second, minute, bit - an indefinitely short time; "wait just a moment"; "in a mo"; "it only takes a minute"; "in just a bit"
Adj.1.twinkling - shining intermittently with a sparkling lighttwinkling - shining intermittently with a sparkling light; "twinkling stars"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"

twinkling

noun moment, second, flash, instant, tick (Brit. informal), twinkle, split second, jiffy (informal), trice, two shakes of a lamb's tail (informal), shake (informal), bat of an eye (informal) And then in a twinkling all vanished away.

twinkling

noun
A very brief time:
Informal: jiff, jiffy.
Chiefly British: tick.
Translations

twinkling

[ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ]
A. ADJ [light] → centelleante, titilante; [eye] → brillante, risueño (fig) [feet] → rápido, ligero
B. Ncentelleo m, parpadeo m
in the twinkling of an eyeen un abrir y cerrar de ojos

twinkling

n in the twinkling of an eyeim Nu, im Handumdrehen

twinkling

[ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ] nscintillio
in the twinkling of an eye → in un batter d'occhio
References in classic literature ?
In a twinkling the tree began to sputter and burn like a candle blown by the wind.
Clothed in a mantle of dazzling gold or draped in rags of black clouds like a beggar, the might of the Westerly Wind sits enthroned upon the western horizon with the whole North Atlantic as a footstool for his feet and the first twinkling stars making a diadem for his brow.
And you yourselves would I bless, ye twinkling starlets and glow-worms aloft
And one or two serving-lasses with twinkling eyes liked his comely face so well that they willingly gave boot of a kiss.
The First and Foremost slowly raised his arms, and in a twinkling his hairy skin fell from him and he appeared before the astonished Nome as a beautiful woman, clothed in a flowing gown of pink gauze.
How long he slept, matters not; but it was for no brief space, for when he awoke, the rich light had faded, the sombre hues of night were falling fast upon the landscape, and a few bright stars were already twinkling overhead.
Good-bye, and thank you very much," returned the girl; and the Monkeys rose into the air and were out of sight in a twinkling.
Then they dressed themselves in the twinkling of an eye, and danced and capered and sprang about, as merry as could be; till at last they danced out at the door, and away over the green.