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

  • noun The act of blinking.
  • noun A blink or twinkle.
  • noun The time it takes to blink once; an instant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of one who or that which twinkles; especially, a quick twitching or fluttering movement of the eye; a wink.
  • noun 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. ;
  • noun The time required for one twinkle or wink, as of the eye; a flash; hence, a very short time.

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

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

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

  • adjective Sparkling intermittently.
  • noun A shining with fast intermittent light.
  • noun The time it takes to blink the eyes.
  • verb Present participle of twinkle.

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

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


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