from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To wink. See Synonyms at blink.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. to wink or blink

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To wink; to nictate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wink.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. briefly shut the eyes


Medieval Latin nictitāre, nictitāt-, frequentative of Latin nictāre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Back-formation from nictitating. (Wiktionary)


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  • Hmm. That would be far easier than actually doing the heavy lifting myself....

    June 30, 2008

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  • Oh! Must check out his works, then. :-)

    June 30, 2008

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  • Like birds. :-)

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  • Slowly, nictitating membranes
    squeeze across dull-bloomed sclerotics.

    - Peter Reading, At Home, from Diplopic, 1983

    June 30, 2008