Definitions

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

  • n. A wink of the eye.
  • n. An instant.
  • n. Obsolete A glance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An instant, a short moment.
  • n. The winking of an eye.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wink; a token.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A wink or motion of the eyelid; a hint or token.

Etymologies

eye +‎ wink (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • An eyewink in human history, no more than a pimple on the ass of modern prosperity.

    Seven Billion Reasons for a Fisheries Collapse

  • Now they had technology that could create vehicles capable of crossing that distance in literally an eyewink.

    Star Trek: A Rock and a Hard Place

  • So rapid is this movement that "quick as a wink" is a common phrase to signify speed, and the German word for "an instant" is ein Augenblick ( "an eyewink").

    The Human Brain

  • On coming into the room where Min and I were regarding Dicky Chip's performances with loving eyes, and I completely "translated" by various combinating influences, Mrs Clyde appeared to take in the situation in an instant -- "an eyewink," as a minute portion of time is happily rendered in the Teutonic tongue.

    She and I, Volume 1

  • "In an eyewink that poet was up, grabs the ball, and comes tearin 'back toward us.

    The Depot Master

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