blink

To blink is to briefly close your eyes. The bright sunlight first thing in the morning might make you blink rapidly, until your eyes adjust.

Your eyes blink reflexively, when you're not even thinking about it, but you can also deliberately blink back tears. Certain lights blink as well, like your car's turn signal, flashing on and off. A figurative way to blink is to hesitate or give up, especially at a confrontation: "The lawyers kept holding out for a settlement, waiting for the other side to blink first." The origin of blink is probably the Middle Dutch blinken, "to glitter."

Primary Meanings of blink

1.
nv
a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
briefly shut the eyes
2.
v
gleam or glow intermittently
Full Definitions of blink
1

n a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

Synonyms:
blinking, eye blink, nictation, nictitation, wink, winking
Types:
palpebration
repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)
Type of:
inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus

v briefly shut the eyes

“The TV announcer never seems to blink
Synonyms:
nictate, nictitate, wink
Types:
palpebrate
wink or blink, especially repeatedly
bat, flutter
wink briefly
Type of:
act involuntarily, act reflexively
act in an uncontrolled manner

v force to go away by blinking

blink away tears”
Synonyms:
blink away, wink
Type of:
conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
to put down by force or authority
2

v gleam or glow intermittently

Synonyms:
flash, twinkle, wink, winkle
Types:
flick, flicker
flash intermittently
Type of:
radiate
cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays

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