winker

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n winker blind consisting of a leather eyepatch sewn to the side of the halter that prevents a horse from seeing something on either side
    • n winker a person who winks
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Winker A horse's blinder; a blinker.
    • Winker One who winks.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n winker One who winks.
    • n winker One of the blinders of a horse; a blinker.
    • n winker An eyelash; also, the eye.
    • n winker The nictitating or winking membrane of a bird's eye; the third eyelid.
    • n winker The winking muscle (which see, under wink, verb).
    • n winker In an organ, a small bellows, compressed by a spring, attached to the side of a wind-trunk so as to regulate slight variations in the tension of the air within. Also called concussion-bellows.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Winker one who winks: a horse's blinkers:
    • Winker (Shak.) an eye: the winking membrane of a bird's eye, the winking muscle: a small bellows in an organ, regulated by a spring, controlling variations of wind-pressure
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. wincian (Ger. winken); akin to A.S. wancol, wavering.

Usage

In literature:

All of these have called forth rhymes among Chinese children similar to "little pig went to market," "forehead bender, eye winker," etc.
"The Chinese Boy and Girl" by Isaac Taylor Headland
That's the playboy on the winkered mule.
"The Playboy of the Western World" by J. M. Synge
Don't you drive her in a top-buggy, ner 'thout winkers,' s' he, 'ner 'thought this bit ef you look to come home behind her.
"The Day's Work, Volume 1" by Rudyard Kipling
Then, one day, he noticed that her eye-winkers were stickin' out farther and farther.
"Ramsey Milholland" by Booth Tarkington
Dad tugged hard at the winkers.
"On Our Selection" by Steele Rudd
The ass drew the creel of turf more briskly, shook his winkers and swished his tail.
"Waysiders" by Seumas O'Kelly
You'll dig in your toes and hang on by your eye-winkers if you have to.
"The Uphill Climb" by B. M. Bower
But she was not a skilled winker.
"Living Alone" by Stella Benson
No, faith, I'll wear a pair of winkers, for fraid o' lookin' at them at all!
"Phelim O'toole's Courtship and Other Stories Traits And Stories Of The Irish Peasantry, The Works of William Carleton, Volume Three" by William Carleton
God knows, afther she went from me, whenever I'd look at her winkers hanging on the wall I'd have to cry.
"All on the Irish Shore" by E. Somerville and Martin Ross
I also found my eye-lashes frozen together, and I lost several winkers in getting rid of those solidified tears.
"The Prairie Wife" by Arthur Stringer
These are the winkers, and these are the blinkers.
"A Lecture On Heads" by Geo. Alex. Stevens
I only burned off my eye-winkers, and got some powder in my cheek.
"Harper's Young People, May 11, 1880" by Various
Not even an eye-winker was left to her.
"Gold" by Stewart White
Is a wink a deception for which the winker must answer in the law?
"Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman" by Albert Sidney Bolles
She pulled her hoss down to a standstill; and them long eye-winkers of hern lifted straight up into the air, she was so surprised.
"Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher" by Eleanor Gates
God knows, afther she went from me, whenever I'd look at her winkers hanging on the wall I'd have to cry.
"Humours of Irish Life" by Various
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In news:

This week, Steve Winker , and his gallery "Juneau Views" is in the limelight.
Walker Weickel and Jesse Winker have been teammates on the Olympia (Orlando, Fla.) varsity baseball team for the past four years.
When Lynne Winkers enters the dusty arena at Cowtown Rodeo in Pilesgrove on her horse Cory, they move at a deliberate pace, slowly passing the pens where bulls and broncos are corralled for wild rides.
Her female brethren of course includes my sweetie the Winker of Wasilla and Ann Coulter.
Working with top Angelino instrumental talent, Winker offers 12 bracing songs, none of them standards, and many written for this recording.
This week, Steve Winker, and his gallery "Juneau Views" is in the limelight.
Is the Winker really a Texan .
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In science:

Similar to the algorithm for discrepancy approximation of Winker and Fang [SIAM J.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
In [WF97], Winker and Fang used threshold accepting to find lower bounds for the star discrepancy.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
As the algorithm of Winker and Fang ours is based on threshold accepting but adds more problem specific knowledge to it.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
In Section 2 we describe the algorithm of Winker and Fang.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
Winker and Fang [WF97] applied threshold accepting to compute the star discrepancy of a given npoint configuration.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
Our first algorithm, TA basic, builds on the algorithm of winker and Fang as presented in the previous section. A preliminary, slightly different version of TA basic can be found in [Win07].
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
As in the algorithm of Winker and Fang, TA basic updates xc if and only if ∆δ∗ = δ∗Γ (y)− δ∗ (xc ) ≥ T , where T denotes the current threshold.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
Note that by this choice, we are implicitly setting α := 1 in the notion of the algorithm of Winker and Fang.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
We will compare our basic and improved algorithms, TA basic and TA improved, against the algorithm of Winker and Fang [WF97], and also give a brief comparison against the genetic algorithm of Shah [Sha10] and the integer programming-based algorithm of Thi´emard [Thi01b].
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
The algorithms TA basic and TA improved, as well as the algorithm of Winker and Fang [WF97], were implemented by the authors in the C programming language, based on the code used in [Win07].
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
Winker), due to lack of compatible libraries we could not use it, and were forced to do a re-implementation.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
Throughout, for our algorithms and for the Winker and Fang algorithm, we estimate the expected outcome of running 10 independent trials of 100,000 iterations each and returning the largest discrepancy value found, and call this the best-of-10 value.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
For this purpose, using a re-implementation rather than the original algorithm of Winker and Fang [WF97] has the advantage that all algorithms compared use the same code base, compiler, and libraries, including the choice of pseudo-random number generator.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
As can be seen from the table, TA basic takes slightly more time than our implementation of Winker and Fang, and TA improved takes between two and three times as long, mainly due to the snapping procedures.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
The parameter settings for our implementation of the algorithm of Winker and Fang are as follows.
A Randomized Algorithm Based on Threshold Accepting to Approximate the Star Discrepancy
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