from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
- intransitive v. To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint.
- intransitive v. To shine with intermittent gleams; flash on and off.
- intransitive v. To be startled or dismayed.
- intransitive v. 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).
- intransitive v. To look with feigned ignorance: a mayor who blinks at the corruption in city government.
- transitive v. To cause to blink.
- transitive v. To hold back or remove from the eyes by blinking: blinked back the tears.
- transitive v. To refuse to recognize or face: blink ugly facts.
- transitive v. To transmit (a message) with a flashing light.
- n. The act or an instance of rapidly closing and opening the eyes or an eye.
- n. An instant: I'll be back in a blink.
- n. Scots A quick look or glimpse; a glance.
- n. A flash of light; a twinkle.
- n. See iceblink.
- idiom on the blink Out of working order.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To close and reopen both eyes quickly.
- v. To flash headlights on a car.
- v. To send a signal with a lighting device.
- v. To flash on and off at regular intervals.
- v. To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.
- n. The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.
- n. The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes.
- n. A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.
- n. A glimpse or glance.
- n. gleam; glimmer; sparkle
- n. The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; iceblink
- n. Boughs cast where deer are to pass, in order to turn or check them.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
- intransitive v. To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
- intransitive v. To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
- intransitive v. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.
- transitive v. To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk.
- transitive v. To trick; to deceive.
- n. A glimpse or glance.
- n. Gleam; glimmer; sparkle.
- n. The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink.
- n. Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To wink rapidly and repeatedly; nictitate.
- To see with the eyes half shut or with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes; hence, to get a glimpse; peep.
- Figuratively, to look askance or indifferently.
- To intermit light; glimmer: as “a blinking lamp,”
- To gleam transiently but cheerfully; smile; look kindly.
- 6. To become a little stale or sour: said of milk or beer.
- To deceive; elude; shun.
- To see or catch sight of with half-shut eyes; dimly see; wink at.
- Figuratively, to shut one's eyes to; avoid or purposely evade; shirk: as, to blink a question.
- To balk at; pass by; shirk: as, a dog that never blinked a bird.
- To blindfold; hoodwink.
- n. A glance of the eye; a glimpse.
- n. A gleam; a glimmer; specifically, the gleam or glimmer reflected from ice in the polar regions: hence the term ice-blink (which see).
- n. A very short time; a twinkling: as, bide a blink.
- n. A trick; a scheme.
- n. plural Boughs thrown to turn aside deer from their course; also, feathers, etc., on a thread to scare birds.
- n. A fishermen's name for the mackerel when about a year old. See spike and tinker.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. gleam or glow intermittently
- v. briefly shut the eyes
- n. a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
- v. force to go away by blinking
Probably Middle English blinken, to move suddenly, variant of blenchen; see blench1.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle Dutch blinken. Related to blank. (Wiktionary)