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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act of blinking.
  • n. A blink or twinkle: the twinkling of a starry sky.
  • n. The time it takes to blink once; an instant: disappeared in the twinkling of an eye.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Sparkling intermittently.
  • n. A shining with fast intermittent light.
  • n. The time it takes to blink the eyes.
  • v. Present participle of twinkle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of one who, or of that which, twinkles; a quick movement of the eye; a wink; a twinkle.
  • n. A shining with intermitted light; a scintillation; a sparkling.
  • n. The time of a wink; a moment; an instant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of one who or that which twinkles; especially, a quick twitching or fluttering movement of the eye; a wink.
  • n. The phenomenon of scintillation of the fixed stars, consisting of fluctuations of light and of color at the rate of from fifty to a hundred per second. ;
  • n. The time required for one twinkle or wink, as of the eye; a flash; hence, a very short time.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. shining intermittently with a sparkling light
  • n. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

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