• WordNet 3.6
    • v twinkle gleam or glow intermittently "The lights were flashing"
    • v twinkle emit or reflect light in a flickering manner "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
    • n twinkle merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance "he had a sparkle in his eye","there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
    • n twinkle a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The name of the famous snack "Twinkies" was invented by seeing a billboard in St. Louis, that said "Twinkle Toe Shoes."
    • Twinkle A brief flash or gleam, esp. when rapidly repeated.
    • Twinkle A closing or opening, or a quick motion, of the eye; a wink or sparkle of the eye. "Suddenly, with twinkle of her eye,
      The damsel broke his misintended dart."
    • Twinkle The time of a wink; a twinkling.
    • Twinkle To open and shut the eye rapidly; to blink; to wink. "The owl fell a moping and twinkling ."
    • Twinkle To shine with an intermitted or a broken, quavering light; to flash at intervals; to sparkle; to scintillate. "These stars do not twinkle when viewed through telescopes that have large apertures.""The western sky twinkled with stars."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • twinkle To shut an eye or the eyes with an involuntary twitch or with a quick voluntary and significant action; blink; wink.
    • twinkle Of the eyelids, to open and shut with frequent involuntary twitches; hence, of anything that moves rapidly, to dart to and fro.
    • twinkle To pass in and out of sight rapidly, as a light; flash at almost insensible intervals; shine with quick, irregular gleams; scintillate; sparkle, as a star.
    • twinkle To open and shut rapidly; wink; blink.
    • twinkle To emit in quick gleams; flash out.
    • twinkle To influence or charm by sparkling.
    • n twinkle A twitching of the eyelid; a blinking; a wink.
    • n twinkle A quick, tremulous light; a glimmer; a sparkle; a flash.
    • n twinkle The time required for a wink; a twinkling.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Twinkle twing′kl to blink: to shine with a trembling, sparkling light: to sparkle: to open and shut the eyes rapidly: to quiver
    • ns Twinkle a quick motion of the eye: the time occupied by a wink: an instant: the scintillation of the fixed stars
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In the twinkling of an eye - If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.
Twinkling of an eye - If something happens in the twinkling of an eye, it happens very quickly.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. twinklen, AS. twinclian,; akin to OE. twinken, to blink, wink, G. zwinken, zwinkern, and perhaps to E. twitch,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. twinclian.


In literature:

Half a dozen of the boys had gone down and in a twinkling the robes Roger and Ben wore were in flames.
"Dave Porter in the Far North" by Edward Stratemeyer
And she wanted to harbour her modicum of twinkling life.
"The Rainbow" by D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Gilbert came quickly down the bank, his eyes twinkling.
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
In a twinkling a score of natives swarmed aboard.
"The Wild Geese" by Stanley John Weyman
In a twinkling Ashton had his foot in the stirrup and was up in the saddle.
"Out of the Depths" by Robert Ames Bennet
Jake wore ragged furs and his eyes twinkled, as they twinkled now.
"Partners of the Out-Trail" by Harold Bindloss
His own eye twinkled.
"Dr. Sevier" by George W. Cable
I could see his shrewd blue eyes twinkling.
"The O'Ruddy" by Stephen Crane
The little camp-fires twinkled in the gathering dusk.
"Rodney, the Ranger" by John V. Lane
Again he stretched himself out on the bench, and his twinkling eyes closed luxuriously.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

And I shoudn be surprize
While this was in his mind,
If a drop there twinkled in his eyes
Of unfamiliar brind.
"Lines On A Late Hospicious Ewent," by William Makepeace Thackeray
Twinkle, twinkle, little star,
How I wonder what you are,
Up above the world so high,
Like a diamond in the sky.
"The Star" by Jane Taylor
Ah, the minutes twinkle in and out
And in and out come and go
One by one, none by none,
What we know, what we don't know.
"Yes And No" by Laura Riding Jackson
They twinkle to the wintry moon,
And cheer th' ungenial day,
And tell us, all will glisten soon
As green and bright as they.
"Tuesday In Easter Week" by John Keble
Dreary the horn sounds in the eve on the hill,
Sheepflocks return, stars on their way twinkle still,
Watersprings weep murmuring clear, and I see
Under a tree, love, thou art waiting for me.
"Eve On The Hill" by Mihai Eminescu
For thee, the twinkling candles bright and gay,
For me, the purple shadows and the grey,
When Christmas comes.
For thee, the friends that greet thee at the door,
For me, the faces I shall see no more,
When Christmas comes.
"When Christmas Comes" by Virna Sheard

In news:

Twinkle, twinkle little standby light.
Twinkle's Garden Winter bulb storage tips.
Twinkle's Garden Storing your spring bulbs for the winter (LIN Media/Twinkle VanWinkle).
You could use the Fred Flinstone twinkle-toes approach.
There are only a handful of months before the general election, and there's not even the vaguest twinkle of hope of an uptick before then.
Twinkle's Tips Pumpkin carving safely.
The company got the name for the snack from a billboard for Twinkle Toe Shoes--and shortened it to Twinkies .
On a business trip to St Louis, going to bakery he saw an ad for twinkle toes shoes, he thought " Twinkies ".
From the ghettos of Falmouth, Jamaica come the legendary Twinkle Brothers, who began in the '60s with real brothers Norman and Ralston Grant.
Perhaps it's the simple melody or the universal imagery of a twinkling star in the night sky -- plus the innocent child's wonder and awe at its beauty -- that allows this song to transcend so many miles, languages, ages, and generations.
Twinkle , Lucky Star.
Alabama Democrat Lucy Baxley, right, is battling Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh for president of the state's Public Service Commission.
Twinkle Toes Childrens Shoes & Accessories – What's the Deal.
Twinkle 's Tips 5 ways to recycle your Jack-o'-lantern.
Twinkle 's Tips 5 ways to recycle your Jack-o'-lantern (LIN Media/ Twinkle VanWinkle).

In science:

Strong fluctuations of the magnetic fields result in an intermittent, twinkling appearance of synchrotron X-ray images even if the electron distribution is steady.
Multiwavelength Astronomy and CTA: X-rays
This makes it appear that a fuzzy quantum particle has entered the system, much as a star appears to twinkle in the night sky.
The quantum vacuum, fractal geometry, and the quest for a new theory of gravity
There is a large literature on light-intensity fluctuations in twinkling starlight, and other cases of propagation through random media.
Caustics in turbulent aerosols
Density fluctuations in the Earth’s atmosphere lead to the twinkling of stars (”scintillation” in astronomer’s terminology).
Stochastic Spacetime and Brownian Motion of Test Particles
Thus distant ob jects would appear to “twinkle” when seen through a gravitational field with a fluctuating Ricci tensor.
Stochastic Spacetime and Brownian Motion of Test Particles