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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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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Blink ★★½ 1993 (R)

Recent corneal transplants allow blind musician Emma (Stowe) to regain her sight, but until they “settle” what she sees may not register in her mind immediately, a phenomenon the script dubs “retroactive vision.” This poses a problem for Chicago cop Quinn when he falls for Emma—the only one who can recognize a sadistic killer. Aver- age thriller has been done better before, but adds two attractive leads, enough sus- pense, and a unique twist to the typical woman-in-jeopardy tale to keep things in- teresting. The distorted images in Stowe's blurry vision were created by computer. Stowe also learned fiddle for her place as the fictional member of the real-life Irish-American band, The Drovers. 106m/C VHS, DVD . Madeleine Stowe, Aidan Quinn, Laurie Metcalf, James Remar, Bruce A. Young, Peter Friedman, Paul Dillon, Michael Kirkpatrick; D: Michael Apted; W: Dana Stevens; C: Dante Spinotti; M: Brad Fiedel.

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