blink

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v blink briefly shut the eyes "The TV announcer never seems to blink"
    • v blink force to go away by blinking "blink away tears"
    • v blink gleam or glow intermittently "The lights were flashing"
    • n blink a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Sharks have upper and lower eyelids, but they do not blink
    • Blink A glimpse or glance. "This is the first blink that ever I had of him."
    • Blink (Sporting) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them.
    • Blink Gleam; glimmer; sparkle. "Not a blink of light was there."
    • Blink (Naut) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink.
    • Blink To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes. "Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne."
    • Blink To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp. "The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink .""The sun blinked fair on pool and stream ."
    • Blink To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk; as, to blink the question.
    • Blink To trick; to deceive.
    • Blink To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.
    • Blink To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye. "One eye was blinking , and one leg was lame."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes
    • blink To wink rapidly and repeatedly; nictitate.
    • blink To see with the eyes half shut or with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes; hence, to get a glimpse; peep.
    • blink Figuratively, to look askance or indifferently.
    • blink To intermit light; glimmer: as “a blinking lamp,”
    • blink To gleam transiently but cheerfully; smile; look kindly.
    • blink To become a little stale or sour: said of milk or beer.
    • blink To deceive; elude; shun.
    • blink To see or catch sight of with half-shut eyes; dimly see; wink at.
    • blink Figuratively, to shut one's eyes to; avoid or purposely evade; shirk: as, to blink a question.
    • blink To balk at; pass by; shirk: as, a dog that never blinked a bird.
    • blink To blindfold; hoodwink.
    • n blink A glance of the eye; a glimpse.
    • n blink A gleam; a glimmer; specifically, the gleam or glimmer reflected from ice in the polar regions: hence the term ice-blink (which see).
    • n blink A very short time; a twinkling: as, bide a blink.
    • n blink A trick; a scheme.
    • n blink plural Boughs thrown to turn aside deer from their course; also, feathers, etc., on a thread to scare birds.
    • n blink A fishermen's name for the mackerel when about a year old. See spike and tinker.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds
    • v.i Blink blingk to glance, twinkle, or wink: to see obscurely, or with the eyes half-closed: to shine unsteadily
    • v.t Blink to shut out of sight: to avoid or evade
    • n Blink a glimpse, glance, or wink: a momentary gleam of light, a spark
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Quotations

  • Dean Rusk
    Dean Rusk
    “We're eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked.”

Idioms

Blink of an eye - If something happens in the blink of an eye, it happens so fast it is almost impossible to notice it.
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On the blink - (UK) Is a machine is on the blink, it isn't working properly or is out of order.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. blenken,; akin to dan. blinke, Sw. blinka, G. blinken, to shine, glance, wink, twinkle, D. blinken to shine; and prob. to D. blikken, to glance, twinkle, G. blicken, to look, glance, AS. blīcan, to shine, E. bleak,. √98. See Bleak; cf. 1st Blench

Usage

In literature:

Then he went into the tavern out of the darkness and blinked at the landlord, who called him to the desk and gave a letter into his hands.
"Joan of Arc of the North Woods" by Holman Day
The crowd included two blinking boys, awakened by the bell from what had certainly been a trance.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
No, your eyes blink like a pig that has eaten.
"The Dragon Painter" by Mary McNeil Fenollosa
On its top a blue light blinked glaringly.
"The Best Made Plans" by Everett B. Cole
Not a soul blinked an eye in my direction.
"The Lady of the Basement Flat" by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
The door opened and a stranger entered, blinking.
"The Fighting Shepherdess" by Caroline Lockhart
The way he dropped his pen and sat blinking my way upset me very much.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
In the control room, he knew, a signal light would blink on a panel as the lock was opened.
"Gold in the Sky" by Alan Edward Nourse
The other policeman blinked and looked up.
"Out Like a Light" by Gordon Randall Garrett
Beveridge blinked at her and showed the disconcerted uneasiness of a man who has intruded in business hours.
"Blow The Man Down" by Holman Day
Blinking and squinting, he would wiggle his fingers.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
Kelgarries blinked at the wall.
"The Defiant Agents" by Andre Alice Norton
Philip's eyes began to blink.
"The Manxman A Novel - 1895" by Hall Caine
Mr. Stamps remained seated near the steps and blinked after him silently until he was out of sight.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
He puckered his brow and blinked, pretending not to understand.
"The House with the Green Shutters" by George Douglas Brown
The dog lay and blinked in the sun.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Children and dogs loafed and rolled in aimless ecstasy, and the whole people sat at the teepee openings blinking comfortably.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
Miles away, and low down upon the horizon, a white light blinked solemnly; then after a brief interval it was succeeded by a red gleam.
"The Submarine Hunters" by Percy F. Westerman
She was also very cold, and greatly relieved, when a blink of light rose out of the snow.
"The Cattle-Baron's Daughter" by Harold Bindloss
The cat looked up at him for a moment, smiling in its ecstasy, blinking its eyes, but too happy to pause.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
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In poetry:

Moment of Freedom
as the prisoner
blinks in the sun
like a mole
from his hole
"Wilderness" by James Douglas Morrison
They cherish it until they think
`Twas always theirs.
So, if the truth they sometimes blink,
`Tis unawares.
"A Lover's Confession" by Robert Fuller Murray
Lo! lo! the dawn-blink yonder,
The sunrise draweth nigh,
And men forget to wonder
That they were born to die.
"Earth The Healer, Earth The Keeper" by William Morris
For me, I think of you as One
Who vaguely pined for worthier lot
Than to be blinked at like the sun,
But found it not.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
Because, serene, it never blinked
At sheen or shadow of the sun,
But Hades and Olympus linked
With Salamis and Marathon;
"The Door Of Humility" by Alfred Austin
On Aikenshaw the sun blinks braw,
The burn rins blithe and fain:
There's nought wi' me I wadna gie
To look thereon again.
"A Jacobite's Exile" by Algernon Charles Swinburne

In news:

INTERVIEWS Hear Blink -182's Bummer Holiday Strummer 'Boxing Day'.
Cherry Blinks aren't a part of my Christmas memory index, but they do bring to mind Christmases of times past when our family Christmas tree was festooned with wildly blinking colored lights.
A hospital spokeswoman says former Blink -182 drummer Travis Barker and a popular disc jockey have been critically injured in a Learjet crash in South Carolina that killed four people.
Who will blink first in the fiscal cliff negotiations.
However, many rank-and-file Republican members have blinked, apparently ready to fold a demonstrably losing hand.
Expecting' author's top advice (hint: don't blink ).
Blink -182's Mark Hoppus Launches Signature Clothing Line, My Name Is Mark.
Following in the footsteps of his band mates, Blink -182 bassist Mark Hoppus has launched his own clothing line, My Name Is Mark.
Blink -182 to release 'dogs eating dogs' EP December 18.
Blink -182 have announced the release details of their upcoming, independent EP, dogs eating dogs.
Why Dems shouldn't blink in battle over tax hikes on rich.
Blink has no friends yet.
We've got new details about Blink -182 's new EP.
Blink -182 will release a new digital EP by Christmas after spending four days last week recording a batch of new songs in a Los Angeles studio, according to Rolling Stone.
Huang signs with Blink .
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In science:

What about a quantum derivation of LSM? We note that the work of refers to a real experiment, on the so called blinking quantum dots (see the important paper of Jung, Barkai and Silbey for details on this fundamental aspect).
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
Silbey, ”Lineshape theory and photon counting statistics for blinking quantum dots: a L´evy walk process, Chem.
From Knowledge, Knowability and the Search for Objective Randomness to a New Vision of Complexity
We blinked between aligned X-ray and Hα images of each source to confirm that the X-ray source lay within the optically measured diameter of the SNR.
Revealing the Supernova Remnant Population of M33 with Chandra
For example single blinking quantum dots, when interacting with a continuous wave laser field, turn at random times from a bright state in which many fluorescent photons are emitted, to a dark state.
A Random Walk to a Non-Ergodic Equilibrium Concept
This phenomenon is known as the attentional blink (AB).
Human Information Processing with the Personal Memex
Sophie blinks several times, and then responds that physics can’t be a hoax because it makes real-world predictions that can be verified by independent observers.
Compression Rate Method for Empirical Science and Application to Computer Vision
Little things that never stop blinking, like these ones.
Definability in the Real Universe
Visually blinking the images and comparing the stars on the WC or WN image with the stars on the continuum image allowed us to remove even more false positives.
The Wolf-Rayet Content of M31
We began by removing from the list any ob jects that were clearly cosmic rays or other artifacts, which we determined by blinking the different images against one another.
HST/ACS Imaging of Omega Centauri: Optical Counterparts of Chandra X-Ray Sources
This unnatural event refers to the time when the person winks (different from natural eye blink and the eye tracker won’t treat blinking as a valid signal) or when the eye is held still for half a second.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
Electrodes are also used for eye tracking. This method acquires EOG signal from the moving retina of the eye which is proved to induce potential to the electrodes. Through this signal, vertical and horizontal movements of the eye can be used for cursor manipulation and eye blink for clicking.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
There are also studies that able to discriminate eye winks to eye blinks to avoid unintended clicks .
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
This is analyzed with the aid of intense color contrast of the white sclera and black iris which helped in iris detection but due to the presence of eyelid, accuracy is high only for portions that are not covered by the eyelid (in instances of blinking) which is only for horizontal portions.
Eye-GUIDE (Eye-Gaze User Interface Design) Messaging for Physically-Impaired People
Blink and you might miss them, but new traffic lights on Hull's busiest road will be around for much longer than usual.
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals
The decrease in the height of the side peaks as |τ | increases indicates the dot blinking behavior generally observed under resonant excitation, and can be approximated with a double-sided exponential .
Enhanced single-photon emission from a quantum dot in a micropost microcavity
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