• WordNet 3.6
    • n twinkler an object that emits or reflects light in an intermittent flickering manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Twinkler One who, or that which, twinkles, or winks; a winker; an eye.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n twinkler One who or that which twinkles. Specifically
    • n twinkler A winker; a blinker; especially, the eye.
    • n twinkler That which glimmers, sparkles, or flashes; a sparkler.
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In literature:

He asked how far away those twinklers were, and whether God was on the other side of them.
"Tess of the d'Urbervilles" by Thomas Hardy
In these our sight plunges quite beyond any twinkler we have yet visited.
"Two on a Tower" by Thomas Hardy
But Twinkler without it might quite well be English.
"Christopher and Columbus" by Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
They were not all first-magnitude twinklers.
"Half Portions" by Edna Ferber
Enceladus, and coy Mimas, faintest of twinklers, are caught by Herschel's giant mirrors.
"Recreations in Astronomy" by Henry Warren
It was by those twinklers we learned we were on an eastern course.
"The Voodoo Gold Trail" by Walter Walden
But it requires an experienced eye and steady vision to catch this shy twinkler.
"Astronomy with an Opera-glass" by Garrett Putman Serviss

In poetry:

The heaven of song is studded o'er
With puny twinklers, faintly gleaming;
But these shall shine for evermore,
Bright in their native radiance beaming.
"The Seven Stars: A Constellation of Scottish Poets" by Janet Hamilton