Skip to main content
Select Source:

blink

blink / blingk/ • v. [intr.] 1. shut and open the eyes quickly: she blinked, momentarily blinded [tr.] he blinked his eyes nervously. ∎  [tr.] clear (dust or tears) from the eyes by this action: she blinked away her tears. ∎  [tr.] (blink back) try to control or prevent (tears) by such an action: Elizabeth blinked back tears. ∎  (blink at) fig. react to (something) with surprise or disapproval: he doesn't blink at the unsavory aspects of his subject. ∎ fig. back down from a confrontation: it seemed that the Iraqis had blinked and that the likelihood of an immediate invasion had decreased. 2. (of a light or light source) shine intermittently or unsteadily: the icon for his e-mail was blinking. • n. [in sing.] 1. an act of shutting and opening the eyes quickly: he was observing her every blink. ∎ fig. a moment's hesitation: Thompson would have given her all this without a blink. 2. a momentary gleam of light. PHRASES: not blink an eye show no reaction. in the blink of an eye (or in a blink) inf. very quickly. on the blink inf. (of a machine) not working properly; out of order: the computer's on the blink.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"blink." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 14 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"blink." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 14, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink-0

"blink." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved December 14, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink-0

blink

blink
A. † deceive; start aside XIV;

B. twinkle with the eyes or eyelids; †glance XVI; cast a momentary gleam XVIII. prob. of mixed origin; partly later form of synon. †blenk XIV, var, of BLENCH; partly — (M)Du. blinken shine, glitter, which may be based on a nasalized var. of *blik- shine (see BLEAK2).

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"blink." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. 14 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"blink." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 14, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink-1

"blink." The Concise Oxford Dictionary of English Etymology. . Retrieved December 14, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink-1

blink

blink An attribute that causes a character to be intermittently displayed on a screen at a regular rate, usually in the range 1–10 Hz. Compare flicker.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"blink." A Dictionary of Computing. . Encyclopedia.com. 14 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"blink." A Dictionary of Computing. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 14, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/computing/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink

"blink." A Dictionary of Computing. . Retrieved December 14, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/computing/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink

blink

blinkankh, bank, blank, clank, crank, dank, drank, embank, flank, franc, frank, hank, lank, outflank, outrank, Planck, plank, point-blank, prank, rank, sank, shank, shrank, spank, stank, swank, tank, thank, wank, yank •sandbank • piggy bank • mountebank •fog bank • mudbank • Bundesbank •databank • riverbank • Burbank •greenshank • sheepshank •scrimshank • Cruikshank •think tank • Franck • Eysenck •bethink, blink, brink, chink, cinque, clink, dink, drink, fink, Frink, gink, ink, interlink, jink, kink, link, mink, pink, plink, prink, rink, shrink, sink, skink, slink, stink, sync, think, wink, zinc •rinky-dink • Humperdinck • iceblink •cufflink • bobolink • Maeterlinck •lip-sync • countersink • doublethink •kiddiewink •tiddlywink (US tiddledywink) •hoodwink

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"blink." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. 14 Dec. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"blink." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Encyclopedia.com. (December 14, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink

"blink." Oxford Dictionary of Rhymes. . Retrieved December 14, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/blink