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."

Definitions of blink
  1. noun
    a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
    synonyms: blinking, eye blink, nictation, nictitation, wink, winking
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    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
  2. verb
    briefly shut the eyes
    “The TV announcer never seems to blink
    synonyms: nictate, nictitate, wink
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    types:
    palpebrate
    wink or blink, especially repeatedly
    bat, flutter
    wink briefly
    type of:
    act involuntarily, act reflexively
    act in an uncontrolled manner
  3. verb
    force to go away by blinking
    blink away tears”
    synonyms: blink away, wink
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    type of:
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  4. verb
    gleam or glow intermittently
    synonyms: flash, twinkle, wink, winkle
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    types:
    flick, flicker
    flash intermittently
    type of:
    radiate
    cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays
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