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blindman's buff
Blindman's holiday
blindworm n. = SLOW-WORM.
bling bling
blink at
blink away
Blink beer
blink of an eye
blinking chickweed

Blink definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

BLINK, v.i.
1. To wink; to twinkle with the eye.
2. To see obscurely. Johnson. Is it not to see with the eyes half shut, or with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes?
One eye was blinking and one leg was lame.
BLINK, n. A glimpse or glance.
BLINK, n. Blink of ice, is the dazzling whiteness about the horizon, occasioned by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly [syn: blink, eye blink, blinking, wink, winking, nictitation, nictation] v
1: briefly shut the eyes; "The TV announcer never seems to blink" [syn: blink, wink, nictitate, nictate]
2: force to go away by blinking; "blink away tears" [syn: wink, blink, blink away]
3: gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing" [syn: flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkle]

Merriam Webster's

I. verb Etymology: Middle English, to open one's eyes Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. obsolete to look glancingly ; peep b. to look with half-shut eyes c. to close and open the eyes involuntarily 2. to shine dimly or intermittently 3. a. to look with too little concern b. to look with surprise or dismay 4. yield, give in <each side waiting for the other to blink> transitive verb 1. a. to cause to blink b. to remove (as tears) from the eye by blinking 2. to deny recognition to II. noun Date: 1578 1. chiefly Scottish glimpse, glance 2. glimmer, sparkle 3. a usually involuntary shutting and opening of the eye 4. iceblink

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Blink Blink, n. [OE. blink. See Blink, v. i. ] 1. A glimpse or glance. This is the first blink that ever I had of him. --Bp. Hall. 2. Gleam; glimmer; sparkle. --Sir W. Scott. Not a blink of light was there. --Wordsworth. 3. (Naut.) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink. 4. pl. [Cf. Blencher.] (Sporting) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them. [Prov. Eng.]

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Blink Blink, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Blinked; p. pr. & vb. n. Blinking.] [OE. blenken; akin to dan. blinke, Sw. blinka, G. blinken to shine, glance, wink, twinkle, D. blinken to shine; and prob. to D. blikken to glance, twinkle, G. blicken to look, glance, AS. bl[=i]can to shine, E. bleak. [root]98. See Bleak; cf. 1st Blench.] 1. To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye. One eye was blinking, and one leg was lame. --Pope 2. To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes. Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne. --Shak. 3. To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp. The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink. --Wordsworth. The sun blinked fair on pool and stream . --Sir W. Scott. 4. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Blink Blink, v. t. 1. To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk; as, to blink the question. 2. To trick; to deceive. [Scot.] --Jamieson.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(blinks, blinking, blinked) 1. When you blink or when you blink your eyes, you shut your eyes and very quickly open them again. Kathryn blinked and forced a smile... She was blinking her eyes rapidly... He blinked at her. VERB: V, V n, V at n Blink is also a noun. He kept giving quick blinks. N-COUNT 2. When a light blinks, it flashes on and off. Green and yellow lights blinked on the surface of the harbour... A warning light blinked on. VERB: V, V on/out/off 3. If a machine goes on the blink, it stops working properly. (INFORMAL) ...an old TV that's on the blink. PHRASE: usu v-link PHR

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

I. n. 1. Glance, glimpse, sight, view, wink. 2. Glimmer, gleam, sheen, shimmer, twinkle. II. v. n. 1. Wink, nictitate, nictate, see obscurely. 2. Flicker, flutter, intermit, shine fitfully, twinkle, glitter, gleam. III. v. a. Overlook (purposely), disregard, avoid, evade, ignore, pass over, gloss over, gloze, shut out of sight, make no account of, pretend not to see.

Moby Thesaurus

albedo, avoid, bat, bat the eyes, blench, blink at, blinking, broken, carefully ignore, cast, cold-shoulder, coruscate, coruscation, cringe, cut a corner, cut corners, disregard, dodge, draw back, duck, evade, fade, fall back, firefly, flash, flicker, flinch, fudge, funk, glance, gleam, glimmer, glimmering, glimpse, glisk, glisten, glister, glitter, glittering, glowworm, half an eye, hang back, ice sky, iceblink, ignore, in disrepair, incident light, jib, move, nictitate, on the blink, on the fritz, out of order, out of whack, overlook, pass over, pass over lightly, peek, peep, pull back, quail, quick sight, rapid glance, recoil, reel back, reflectance, reflection, retreat, scamp, scintilla, scintillate, scintillation, sheer off, shimmer, shimmering, shrink, shrink back, shy, sidestep, skim, skim over, skim the surface, skimp, skip over, slant, slight, slubber over, slur, slur over, snowblink, spangle, spark, sparkle, squiz, start, start aside, start back, stroboscopic light, swerve, tinsel, touch upon, touch upon lightly, turn aside, twinkle, twinkling, water sky, waterblink, weasel, weasel out, wince, wink, wink at

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