• WordNet 3.6
    • adj blinking informal intensifiers "what a bally (or blinking) nuisance","a bloody fool","a crashing bore","you flaming idiot"
    • adj blinking closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly "he stood blinking in the bright sunlight"
    • n blinking a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sharks have upper and lower eyelids, but they do not blink
    • n blinking In sporting, the fault in dogs of leaving the game as soon as it is found.
    • blinking Winking with half-opened eyelids, as when the eyes cannot bear full light.
    • blinking Having twinkling eyes.
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  • Dean Rusk
    Dean Rusk
    “We're eyeball to eyeball and the other fellow just blinked.”


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


In literature:

Cochrane blinked, lifted even out of his irritableness by the sight before him.
"Operation: Outer Space" by William Fitzgerald Jenkins
Blinking and muttering, the bird performed his tricks, and was duly rewarded and returned to his home of iron.
"Parrot & Co." by Harold MacGrath
But no blink of warning red shown there.
"Star Born" by Andre Norton
The creature seemed to understand; he wriggled in Dal's hand and blinked his eyes sleepily.
"Star Surgeon" by Alan Nourse
Flora comes blinking, unprotesting.
"The Best Short Stories of 1921 and the Yearbook of the American Short Story" by Various
The woman only blinked at him stupidly.
"The Admirable Tinker" by Edgar Jepson
The lights blinked by at Hiram.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
A light on the panel began to blink at a rate which increased rapidly as they veered farther away from their original course.
"The Time Traders" by Andre Norton
The red light blinked and stayed on.
"Badge of Infamy" by Lester del Rey
He blinked behind his mask.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton

In poetry:

While brains mechanic vainly weave
The web and woof of thinking,
Go, mount up with the lark, and leave
The bird of wisdom blinking.
"The Owl And The Lark" by Alfred Austin
BLOSSOMS of babies
Blinking their stories
Come soft
On the dusk and the babble;
Little red gamblers,
Handfuls that slept in the dust.
"Handfuls" by Carl Sandburg
The sun-blink that through drizzling mist,
To flickering hope akin,
Lone waves with feeble fondness kiss'd,
No smile as faint can win;
"Verses To The Memory Of A Child" by Thomas Noon Talfourd
Of heav'ly gales don't meanly think:
For, though thy soul complains,
They're but a short and passing blink;
Thy Husband's love remains.
"The Believer's Jointure : Chapter II." by Ralph Erskine
'More? What may that be? Gad, I think
You have told me enough to make me blink!
Yet if more remain
Then own it to me. I will not shrink!'
"A Conversation At Dawn" by Thomas Hardy
My sumpter—mule did blink and blink;
Was nothing more to munch or quaff;
Antonio, far too wise to think,
Leaned vacantly upon his staff.
"At The Gate Of The Convent" by Alfred Austin

In news:

Does anyone else feel like they blinked and summer was gone.
RICHMOND If fans at Cartwright Memorial blinked Friday night, they might have missed a touchdown or two.
RICHMOND – If fans at Cartwright Memorial blinked Friday night, they might have missed a touchdown or two.
At age seven, Pezzillo's parents noticed that he was exhibiting unusual behaviors such as repeatedly sniffing and blinking.
Due to deteriorating conditions, County Road 22 from State Highway 1 (at the blinking light) west to the city of Sanborn is closed to all truck and bus traffic.
Gitmo guards don't blink in war on terror.
A visitor brings up the fact that becoming a doctor will take years of school and studying, and Tashi Lhamo hardly blinks.
About the Book Two unforgettable characters, Jack Ernest Stokes, known as Blinking Jack, and his wife, Ruby Pitt Woodrow Stokes, tell the story of their years together.
Blink has been known to take a little work home on occasion, but never to the extent we did last week.
Sure it was responsible for the flashing and blinking of some the 1990s' worst web home-pages, but how else would you explain the inner workings of an aircraft engine or a sewing machine, all in less than 100-kilobytes.
That happens a lot these days: Blink, and the Wreckers score.
Abercrombie & Fitch CEO Mike Jeffries is getting ready to blink.
The vineyard is owned by Stan Planchon, who says he saw flashlights blinking early Monday morning.
Blink -182's 'Boxing Day'.
INTERVIEWS Blink -182 Split From Interscope, Now Unsigned.

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