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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 ?
And, to the dismay of the rest of the club, Jo threw open the door of the closet, and displayed Laurie sitting on a rag bag, flushed and twinkling with suppressed laughter.
Her face was rosy and solid, with bright, twinkling eyes and a stubborn little chin.
In the very center of the lodge, immediately under an opening that admitted the twinkling light of one or two stars, stood Uncas, calm, elevated, and collected.
She was very pretty; as graceful as a bird, and graceful much in the same way; as pleasant about the house as a gleam of sunshine falling on the floor through a shadow of twinkling leaves, or as a ray of firelight that dances on the wall while evening is drawing nigh.
As for Peleg himself, he took it more like a philosopher; but for all his philosophy, there was a tear twinkling in his eye, when the lantern came too near.
In the dust and the steam the electric lights would shine like far-off twinkling stars--red and blue-green and purple stars, according to the color of the mist and the brew from which it came.
Night came on,--night calm, unmoved, and glorious, shining down with her innumerable and solemn angel eyes, twinkling, beautiful, but silent.
Away down on the level under the black mass of the Castle, the town lay, stretched along the river, its intricate cobweb of streets jeweled with twinkling lights; there were rows of lights on the bridges; these flung lances of light upon the water, in the black shadows of the arches; and away at the extremity of all this fairy spectacle blinked and glowed a massed multitude of gas-jets which seemed to cover acres of ground; it was as if all the diamonds in the world had been spread out there.
Well, when Tom and me got to the edge of the hill- top we looked away down into the village and could see three or four lights twinkling, where there was sick folks, maybe; and the stars over us was sparkling ever so fine; and down by the village was the river, a whole mile broad, and awful still and grand.
Clods were handy and the air was full of them in a twinkling.
The tree that has been getting a twist for twenty years cannot be straightened in the twinkling of an eye.
Eh, I am glad to see that bit o' light twinkling," she exclaimed.