wink

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v wink briefly shut the eyes "The TV announcer never seems to blink"
    • v wink signal by winking "She winked at him"
    • v wink force to go away by blinking "blink away tears"
    • v wink gleam or glow intermittently "The lights were flashing"
    • n wink a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
    • n wink closing one eye quickly as a signal
    • n wink 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Women who wink at men are known as "nictitating" women.
    • Wink A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast. "The stockjobber thus from Change Alley goes down,
      And tips you, the freeman, a wink ."
    • Wink The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment. "I have not slept one wink .""I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink ."
    • Wink To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to connive at anything; to be tolerant; -- generally with at. "The times of this ignorance God winked at .""And yet, as though he knew it not,
      His knowledge winks , and lets his humors reign."
      "Obstinacy can not be winked at, but must be subdued."
    • Wink To be dim and flicker; as, the light winks .
    • v. t Wink To cause (the eyes) to wink.
    • Wink To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to blink. "A baby of some three months old, who winked , and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day."
    • Wink To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of one eye only. "Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate."
    • Wink To nod; to sleep; to nap. "Although I wake or wink ."
    • Wink To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a quick motion. "He must wink , so loud he would cry.""And I will wink , so shall the day seem night.""They are not blind, but they wink ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wink To close and open the eyelids quickly; of the eyes, to be opened and shut quickly; blink; nictitate.
    • wink To shut the eyes; close the eyelids so as not to see.
    • wink To be wilfully blind or ignorant; avoid notice or recognition, as of an annoying or troublesome fact; ignore; connive: often followed by at.
    • wink To close the eyes in sleep; sleep.
    • wink To convey a hint, wish, insinuation, etc., by a quick shutting and opening usually of one eye.
    • wink To twinkle; shine with quick, irregular gleams; flash; sparkle.
    • wink To close and open quickly: as, to wink the eyelids or the eyes.
    • wink To move, force, or remove by winking: as, to wink back one's tears.
    • n wink A quick shutting and opening of the eyelids; especially, such a movement of one eye made as a signal; hence, a hint, insinuation, command, etc., conveyed by or as by winking.
    • n wink A nap; sleep.
    • n wink The time required for winking once; a very short space of time; a moment: referring usually to sleep.
    • n wink A twinkle; a sparkle; a flash.
    • n wink A periwinkle. See periwinkle, and first quotation under wash, n., 13.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Wink wingk to move the eyelids quickly: to give a hint by winking: to seem not to see, connive at (gener. with at): to flicker, twinkle, sparkle
    • v.t Wink to close and open quickly
    • n Wink act of winking: a hint given by winking
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Quotations

  • Scottish Proverb
    Scottish Proverb
    “Wink at small faults, for you have great ones yourself.”
  • Angela Carter
    Angela%20Carter
    “If Miss means respectably unmarried, and Mrs. respectably married, then Ms. means nudge, nudge, wink, wink.”

Idioms

Nod's as good as a wink - (UK) 'A nod's as good as a wink' is a way of saying you have understood something that someone has said, even though it was not said directly. The full phrase (sometimes used in the UK ) is 'a nod's as good as a wink to a blind horse'.
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Take forty winks - If you take 40 winks, you have a short sleep.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. winken, AS. wincian,; akin to D. wenken, G. winken, to wink, nod, beckon, OHG. winchan, Sw. vinka, Dan. vinke, AS. wancol, wavering, OHG. wanchal, wavering, wanchn, to waver, G. wanken, and perhaps to E. weak,; cf. AS. wincel, a corner. Cf. Wench Wince (v. i.)

Usage

In literature:

The 'longshoremen and loafers grinned and winked at one another, but forbore to interfere.
"Poison Island" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
He winked hard to keep the tears from coming.
"The Circus Comes to Town" by Lebbeus Mitchell
And as I rides down I couldn't help swappin' a wink with the elevator boy.
"On With Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Again the flint and blade clicked, and a large red spark winked rapidly in the bows.
"Romance" by Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
Only the man in the moon smiled, and winked at Pee-wee.
"Pee-Wee Harris Adrift" by Percy Keese Fitzhugh
He winked very fast, having gotten a nervous trick.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Brand, tip us the wink, will you?
"Boy Woodburn" by Alfred Ollivant
They were not still and changeless and winking, as they appeared from the moon.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Tom glanced at Astro and winked.
"Treachery in Outer Space" by Carey Rockwell and Louis Glanzman
Byle winked in response.
"A Dream of Empire" by William Henry Venable
Richards winked and smiled back.
"The Revolt on Venus" by Carey Rockwell
Heine noted this and winked again.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
There was some hesitation over the limit, which Bart named, winking meaningly at one or two of the fellows who seemingly started to protest.
"Frank Merriwell's Chums" by Burt L. Standish
Meldon, who was sitting forward with his legs dangling over the combing of the cockpit, winked at Major Kent.
"The Simpkins Plot" by George A. Birmingham
I didn't return the wink.
"The Door Through Space" by Marion Zimmer Bradley
I takes all that in and gives him the wink.
"Torchy" by Sewell Ford
Pretty soon the dog saw Peter, and quick as a wink he knew that Peter was lonely too, so he came up to him.
"The Girl Scouts at Home" by Katherine Keene Galt
Constable Moriarty winked at her as she passed.
"General John Regan" by George A. Birmingham
The taxi rolled away, and Nancy winked back the tears.
"A Little Miss Nobody" by Amy Bell Marlowe
Fortunately Ascher noticed neither my glance nor Gorman's wink.
"Gossamer" by George A. Birmingham
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In poetry:

A wink from Hesper, falling
Fast in the wintry sky,
Comes through the even blue,
Dear, like a word from you…
Is it good-bye?
"A Wink From Hesper" by William Ernest Henley
In fact when thro’ these hopeful days
Your voice comes clear and true,
I wink at all your naughty ways —
Ah, yes I do,
Cuckoo !
"To an Old Friend" by John Joy Bell
"For five lang years, and five lang years,
I coorted thee by looks;
By nods and winks, by smiles and tears,
As I had read in books.
"The Lang Coortin'" by Lewis Carroll
Think I think that Love should know ye,
Will you think 'tis but a thinking?
But if Love the thought do show ye,
Will ye loose your eyes with winking?
"Another Of The Same (A Report Song In A Dream)" by Nicholas Breton
Young Harry leapt over the stile and kissed her,
Over the stile the stars a-winking;
He thought it was Mary--'t was Mary's sister--
And love hath a way of thinking.
"At The Stile" by Madison Julius Cawein
Ruddy of cheek is John and bright of eye;
But John it appears has none of your grins and winks;
Civil enough, but short: perhaps he thinks:
Words come once in a mile, and always dry.
"Moonset" by Sir Henry Newbolt

In news:

Creative editing of comments is accepted with a wink and a nod by partisan voters.
Video courtesty of WINK 40 prepsFMNPsportshsfootball 00:40.
Okay Then There we have it:wink.
Byron York of National Review says it's Palin by a wink.
Every Friday until the election, WINK News Call For Action is following the money in the hottest races.
Rider 31, FW Southwest 21, Gatesville 40, Vernon 28, Munday 63, Wink 34, Finals.
If QVC sold Chanel, Prada, Versace, and Gucci (wink, wink.).
It's your money and WINK News is adding up what taxpayers will spend to get rid of the Lee County Manager.
Area jobs market shows wink of holiday cheer.
A Sly Wink to Pinups of the Past.
If catching 40 winks in the middle of the afternoon seems impossible, you might want to adjust your schedule.
Wink, wink: Dexter Pittman said foul not intentional.
Their kids secretly entered them in the WINK News Story Book Mother's Day Contest.
The candidates in the states two big statewide races square off this week on WINK.
One of the things that stands out most about Marie-Amélie Sauvé's style is her tendency to wear classic garments with just that little wink of a twist.
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In science:

Although SIMBAD reports them as different ob jects separated by 1.′′4, the two identifiers refer to the same star; SIMBAD further confuses the issue by calling the latter NGC 1624–1, as do Chini & Wink (1984).
Early Results from the Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey: C III Emission Lines in Of Spectra
Previous classifications were given by Moffat et al. (1979) and Chini & Wink (1984).
The Galactic O-Star Spectroscopic Survey. I. Classification System and Bright Northern Stars in the Blue-Violet at R~2500
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
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
The subgalactic size radio source is hosted by a galaxy merger displaying luminous young star clusters and HII regions (Kirhakos et al. 1999, Canalizo & Stockton 2000b) as well as bright molecular gas emission (Wink et al. 1997).
Star-Forming AGN Host Galaxies
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