from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • intransitive verb To close and open one or both of the eyes rapidly.
  • intransitive verb To look in astonishment or disbelief, typically with the eyes blinking.
  • intransitive verb To look through half-closed eyes, as in a bright glare; squint.
  • intransitive verb To give off light with intermittent gleams; flash on and off.
  • intransitive verb To pretend to be ignorant of; disregard or condone.
  • intransitive verb To waver or back down, as in a contest of wills.
  • intransitive verb To cause to blink.
  • intransitive verb To hold back or remove from the eyes by blinking.
  • intransitive verb To refuse to recognize or face.
  • intransitive verb To transmit (a message) with a flashing light.
  • noun The act or an instance of rapidly closing and opening the eyes or an eye.
  • noun An instant.
  • noun Scots A quick look or glimpse; a glance.
  • noun A flash of light; a twinkle.
  • idiom (in the blink of an eye) Very quickly.
  • idiom (on the blink) Out of working order.
  • idiom (without blinking an eye) Without showing any reaction.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A glance of the eye; a glimpse.
  • noun A gleam; a glimmer; specifically, the gleam or glimmer reflected from ice in the polar regions: hence the term ice-blink (which see).
  • noun A very short time; a twinkling: as, bide a blink.
  • noun A trick; a scheme.
  • noun plural Boughs thrown to turn aside deer from their course; also, feathers, etc., on a thread to scare birds.
  • noun A fishermen's name for the mackerel when about a year old. See spike and tinker.
  • To wink rapidly and repeatedly; nictitate.
  • To see with the eyes half shut or with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes; hence, to get a glimpse; peep.
  • Figuratively, to look askance or indifferently.
  • To intermit light; glimmer: as “a blinking lamp,”
  • To gleam transiently but cheerfully; smile; look kindly.
  • 6. To become a little stale or sour: said of milk or beer.
  • To deceive; elude; shun.
  • To see or catch sight of with half-shut eyes; dimly see; wink at.
  • Figuratively, to shut one's eyes to; avoid or purposely evade; shirk: as, to blink a question.
  • To balk at; pass by; shirk: as, a dog that never blinked a bird.
  • To blindfold; hoodwink.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
  • intransitive verb To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
  • intransitive verb To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
  • intransitive verb To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.
  • transitive verb To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk.
  • transitive verb Scot. To trick; to deceive.
  • noun A glimpse or glance.
  • noun Gleam; glimmer; sparkle.
  • noun (Naut.) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink.
  • noun (Sporting), Prov. Eng. Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • verb To close and reopen both eyes quickly.
  • verb To flash headlights on a car.
  • verb To send a signal with a lighting device.
  • verb To flash on and off at regular intervals.
  • verb hyperbolic To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.


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

[Probably Middle English blinken, to move suddenly, variant of blenchen; see blench.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle Dutch blinken. Related to blank.



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  • "The man of science like the man in the street has to face hardheaded facts that cannot be blinked and explain them as best he can. "

    Joyce, Ulysses, 14

    January 22, 2007

  • BLINK.

    July 14, 2007

  • Ugh. The bane of the internet since 1994. Thanks a lot, Lou Montulli.

    July 14, 2007

  • I secretly kind of like it.

    Sadly, marquee doesn't seem to work.

    July 14, 2007

  • I don't think I've seen one of those since 1994.

    And for good reason. :-0

    EDIT: You got rid of it. It was working fine! Err, as it was designed to. I'd hardly call it "fine."

    July 14, 2007

  • HA HA HA! Guess Firefox just couldn't hack it.

    Look Ma, I'm marqueeing with no hands!

    July 14, 2007

  • who the hell is Lou Montulli?

    July 14, 2007

  • I do see it now! I must not have waited long enough because it seems to take an awfully long time to scroll over.

    July 14, 2007

  • I'm totally using Firefox. If yours decided not to show marquees and mine didn't, I'm a more than a little bit jealous.

    July 14, 2007

  • Oh, nevermind then. Lou Montulli is the jerk programmer (I keed, I keed) who invented the blink tag. He did a lot of good stuff too, but c'mon. The blink tag. Ewww.

    July 14, 2007