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

  • n. An extremely short period of time; an instant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An act of blinking one's eyelids one time.
  • n. A moment; a very short period of time.


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  • And then between that lost mission and the loss of Columbia in '03 came that other event when, in an eyeblink, two mighty steel towers gave way to blank sky too.

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  • But Christianity, in Mr. Sebag Montefiore's tale, is little more than a sideshow in the Jerusalem story, an eyeblink in a foreground struggle between Arabs and Jews.

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  • So maybe there are enormous subcrustal water reservoirs ... but why would they well to the surface right now in an eyeblink compared with the history of the planet?

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  • Even so, by the standards of evolution and geologic history it is an eyeblink.


  • And happy ones, I hope, for kalquessa today, and rhinemouse in the eyeblink between today and tomorrow.

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  • On the afternoon of August 20, 1910, a battering ram of wind moved through the drought-stricken national forests of Washington, Idaho, Montana, whipping the hundreds of small blazes burning across the forest floor into a roaring inferno that jumped from treetop to ridge as it raged, destroying towns and timber in an eyeblink.

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  • In an eyeblink she was behind me and in another she was still walking toward me, until I felt dizzy as if she was approaching me from both directions at once.


  • In an eyeblink he was consumed by flame, and any lingering thoughts are extinguished.

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  • Orderlies, a stretcher with restraints, a patient gay man watching X and listening to the verbal abuse without an eyeblink.

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  • The whole thing seems to have flown past in an eyeblink, to what some are claiming as a sort of resolution, but which really isn't, as yet.

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