winking


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wink

 (wĭngk)
v. winked, wink·ing, winks
v.intr.
1. To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
2. To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.
3. To shine fitfully; twinkle: Harbor lights were winking in the distance.
v.tr.
1. To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
2. To signal or express by winking: winked his agreement.
n.
1.
a. The act of winking.
b. A signal or hint conveyed by winking.
2. The very brief time required for a wink; an instant.
3. A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.
4. A gleam or twinkle.
5. Informal A brief period of sleep.
Phrasal Verbs:
wink at
To pretend not to see: winked at corruption in the ministry.
wink out
To come to a close; end.

[Middle English winken, to close one's eyes, from Old English wincian.]

winking

(ˈwɪŋkɪŋ)
n
(Physiology) the act of closing and opening one eye quickly, deliberately, or in an exaggerated fashion to convey friendliness, etc
adj
(of a light) gleaming or flashing intermittently
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.winking - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidlywinking - a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
palpebration - repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)
Adj.1.winking - closing the eyes intermittently and rapidlywinking - closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly; "he stood blinking in the bright sunlight"
shut, closed - used especially of mouth or eyes; "he sat quietly with closed eyes"; "his eyes were shut against the sunlight"
Translations

winking

[ˈwɪŋkɪŋ]
A. Npestañeo m
it was as easy as winkingera facilísimo
B. ADJpestañeante

winking

[ˈwɪŋkɪŋ]
1. adj (light, star) → baluginante
2. n it's as easy as winkingè un gioco da bambini
References in classic literature ?
Belave me, my jewel, it was Sir Pathrick that was unreasonable mad thin, and the more by token that the Frinchman kipt an wid his winking at the widdy; and the widdy she kept an wid the squazing of my flipper, as much as to say, "At him again, Sir Pathrick O'Grandison, mavourneen:" so I just ripped out wid a big oath, and says I;
Bennet sat looking and winking at Elizabeth and Catherine for a considerable time, without making any impression on them.
The winking of the eyes which answered this speech was most decided and terrible, and expressed a feeling almost amounting to hatred.
Here he went through the not very difficult process of winking upon the company with his solitary eye, to the enthusiastic delight of an elderly personage with a dirty face and a clay pipe.
But they said it was along of his wife's dying; though there's reasons in things as nobody knows on--that's pretty much what I've made out; yet some folks are so wise, they'll find you fifty reasons straight off, and all the while the real reason's winking at 'em in the corner, and they niver see't.
No, sir,' said Mr Venus, winking his weak eyes and shaking his head.
Count Ilya Rostov, hurried and preoccupied, went about in his soft boots between the dining and drawing rooms, hastily greeting the important and unimportant, all of whom he knew, as if they were all equals, while his eyes occasionally sought out his fine well-set-up young son, resting on him and winking joyfully at him.
While they were winking the workman disappeared, tools and all.
Harvey, Dan, and the others stood back, winking one to the other and full of joy; but Disko and Salters wrangled seriously till evening, Salters arguing that a cattle-boat was practically a barn on blue water, and Disko insisting that, even if this were the case, decency and fisher-pride demanded that he should have kept "things sep'rate.