Definition of Wink

1. Noun. A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat). "If I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

Exact synonyms: Blink Of An Eye, Flash, Heartbeat, Instant, Jiffy, New York Minute, Split Second, Trice, Twinkling
Generic synonyms: Bit, Minute, Mo, Moment, Second
Derivative terms: Flash

2. Verb. Signal by winking. "She winked at him"
Generic synonyms: Gesticulate, Gesture, Motion
Derivative terms: Winker

3. Noun. Closing one eye quickly as a signal.

4. Verb. Gleam or glow intermittently. "The horizon is winking with lights"; "The lights were flashing"
Exact synonyms: Blink, Flash, Twinkle, Winkle
Specialized synonyms: Flick, Flicker
Generic synonyms: Radiate
Derivative terms: Blinker, Blinker, Flash, Flasher, Twinkle, Twinkler

5. Noun. A reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly.

6. Verb. Briefly shut the eyes. "The TV announcer never seems to blink"
Exact synonyms: Blink, Nictate, Nictitate
Specialized synonyms: Palpebrate, Bat, Flutter
Generic synonyms: Act Involuntarily, Act Reflexively
Derivative terms: Blink, Blinking, Nictation, Nictitation, Winker, Winking

7. Verb. Force to go away by blinking. "Blink away tears"
Exact synonyms: Blink, Blink Away
Generic synonyms: Conquer, Curb, Inhibit, Stamp Down, Subdue, Suppress
Derivative terms: Blink

Definition of Wink

1. v. i. To nod; to sleep; to nap.

2. v. t. To cause (the eyes) to wink.

3. n. The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment.

4. v. i. To nod; to sleep; to nap.

5. v. t. To cause (the eyes) to wink.

6. n. The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment.

Definition of Wink

1. Verb. (obsolete intransitive) To close one's eyes. ¹

2. Verb. (archaic intransitive) To turn a blind eye. ¹

3. Verb. (intransitive) To blink with only one eye as a message, signal, or suggestion. ¹

4. Verb. (intransitive) To twinkle. ¹

5. Verb. (transitive) To send an indication of agreement by winking. ¹

6. Noun. An act of winking (a blinking of only one eye), or a message sent by winking. ¹

7. Noun. A brief time; an instant. ¹

8. Noun. A brief period of sleep; especially forty winks. ¹

9. Noun. A disc used in the game of tiddlywinks. ¹

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Definition of Wink

1. to close and open one eye quickly [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Wink

1. 1. To nod; to sleep; to nap. "Although I wake or wink." 2. To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a quick motion. "He must wink, so loud he would cry." (Chaucer) "And I will wink, so shall the day seem night." (Shak) "They are not blind, but they wink." (Tillotson) 3. To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to blink. "A baby of some three months old, who winked, and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day." (Hawthorne) 4. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of one eye only. "Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate." (Swift) 5. To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to connive at anything; to be tolerant; generally with at. "The times of this ignorance God winked at." (Acts xvii. 30) "And yet, as though he knew it not, His knowledge winks, and lets his humors reign." (Herbert) "Obstinacy can not be winked at, but must be subdued." (Locke) 6. To be dim and flicker; as, the light winks. Winking monkey, the white-nosed monkey (Cersopithecus nictitans). Origin: OE. Winken, AS. Wincian; akin to D. Wenken, G. Winken to wink, nod, beckon, OHG. Winchan, Sw. Vinka, Dan. Vinke, AS. Wancol wavering, OHG. Wanchal wavering, wanchn to waver, G. Wanken, and perhaps to E. Weak; cf. AS. Wincel a corner. Cf. Wench, Wince. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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