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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.
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twinkling

(ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ) or

twink

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

(ˈtwɪŋ klɪŋ)

n.
1. an act of shining with intermittent gleams of light.
2. the time required for a wink; an instant.
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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"
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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.
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twinkling

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

n in the twinkling of an eyeim Nu, im Handumdrehen
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twinkling

[ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ] nscintillio
in the twinkling of an eye → in un batter d'occhio
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References in classic literature ?
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.
In the twinkling of an eye, the grand hall was empty.
And every nerve on the alert you watch for the clearing-up mood of the Western King, that shall come with a shift of wind as likely as not to whip all the three masts out of your ship in the twinkling of an eye.