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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
fight/choke/blink back tears (=try not to cry)
▪ She fought back tears yesterday as she re-lived the horrors she had seen.
▪ The scrawny swarthy-skinned kid in the mirror blinked back at him.
▪ For a moment the two strangers just stood there holding hands and blinking back their tears.
▪ Its red light blinked back at her. ` Are you there?
▪ Touching the welt, Howard tried to blink back tears before going inside.
▪ Robyn blinked back unexpected tears and leant forward to place a log carefully on to the mound of hot red twigs.
▪ She blinked back the tears and made a fanfare out of unwrapping the gift.
▪ She blinked back sudden unexpected tears and twisted round uneasily.
▪ I noticed that his hands were trembling slightly, and he seemed to be blinking back tears.
▪ She found that she could not even blink under the harsh glare.
▪ And yet Stillman had not even blinked.
▪ But in the stagecraft of dethronement, Kingsley had not taken the bait, had not even blinked.
▪ She blinked hard, blew her nose, and was relieved that Luke didn't appear to notice anything amiss.
▪ She blinked hard, realising that she was staring.
▪ Jonathon's eyes, unprotected, blinked on and off, unused to open air.
▪ The streetlamps blinked on, buzzing.
▪ It's real great to watch them cos they blink on and off all the time.
▪ The room blinked on and off with light ning.
▪ The lights in those houses are slowly blinking on.
▪ He was very affected; he blinked rapidly as if warding off tears.
▪ His eyelids blinked rapidly as he registered the toughest questions.
▪ I watched his face as he blinked rapidly and he looked at me in disgust, or was it disbelief?
▪ Blood had begun to run into the corner of his eye and he blinked to try and clear his vision.
▪ Between the dark shaggy locks of his head, more than a hundred eyes blinked and blazed.
▪ Tears ran down his cheeks, but that was because his eyes couldn't blink.
▪ The first thing I saw when my eyes blinked into focus was an ant marching over a small stone.
▪ The Eye of Japetus had blinked, as if to remove an irritating speck of dust.
▪ The grey eyes blinked, small and frightened.
▪ One of his eyes blinked as it seemed to be studying his own sculpted nose.
▪ Larry blinked as the light left his face and laughed to show his complicity.
▪ That said, he wheeled around in his swivel chair and picked up a blinking light.
▪ He crept to the door and opened it, blinking at the bright light.
▪ The refugees stumbled toward military buses, blinking at the harsh lights.
▪ Quinn was stiff, and blinked in the electric light of the garage.
▪ Walter blinked in the morning light.
▪ The quotation propelled an unpretentious poet called Minnie Haskins blinking into the light.
▪ There were smaller constellations of blinking red and blue lights throbbing along the graffiti-splattered walls.
▪ She needed to blink away tears.
▪ For a moment the two strangers just stood there holding hands and blinking back their tears.
▪ When she blinked, the tears overflowed and ran back along her cheekbones to her ears, where the swaddling absorbed them.
▪ Touching the welt, Howard tried to blink back tears before going inside.
▪ She blinked away a tear and nodded.
▪ She blinked back the tears and made a fanfare out of unwrapping the gift.
▪ Claudia opened her eyes and blinked away the tears.
▪ I noticed that his hands were trembling slightly, and he seemed to be blinking back tears.
▪ He blinked as he walked out into the bright sunshine.
▪ The neon lights on the theater blinked red and blue.
▪ When I got in, the message light on my answering machine was blinking.
▪ Blood had begun to run into the corner of his eye and he blinked to try and clear his vision.
▪ Cranston tightened his lips, blinking his eyes furiously as he always did when the tears threatened to return.
▪ He went over to her and saw that her eyes were staring into the sun without blinking.
▪ Paige blinked up at the furious male figure above her.
▪ That is, the rabbit still blinks to the air puff but not to the tone.
▪ Williams blinked repeatedly throughout the process, Groves said.
▪ The National Museum has an exhibit that makes my eyes blink.
▪ I had read somewhere that all the greatest discoveries had been made in the blink of an eye.
▪ Disguise Disguise your steps with feints that make the opponent blink, or which divert his attention elsewhere.
▪ It was a sixty watt bulb but after the darkness it made everyone blink.
▪ Every blink conforms to the causal laws of this physical movement.
▪ I had read somewhere that all the greatest discoveries had been made in the blink of an eye.
▪ In the corner of his eye Ezra saw the answer light, a blink in open water.
▪ Just a slow blink and a shuffling step backward.
▪ The mayor declared with nary a blink.
The Collaborative International 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.]


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.

  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.]


Blink \Blink\ (bl[i^][ng]k), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Blinked (bl[i^][ng]kt); 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.

  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.

  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.

    The sun blinked fair on pool and stream .
    --Sir W. Scott.

  4. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1580s, perhaps from Middle Dutch blinken "to glitter," which is of uncertain origin, possibly, with German blinken "to gleam, sparkle, twinkle," from a nasalized form of base found in Old English blican "to shine, glitter" (see bleach (v.)).\n

\nMiddle English had blynke (c.1300) in the sense "a brief gleam or spark," perhaps a variant of blench "to move suddenly or sharply; to raise one's eyelids" (c.1200), perhaps from the rare Old English blencan "deceive." Related: Blinked; blinking. The last, as a euphemism for a stronger word, is attested by 1914.


1590s, "a glance;" see blink (v.). As is the case with the verb, there is a similar word in Middle English, in use from c.1300, that might represent a native form of the same root.


n. 1 The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again. 2 (context figuratively English) The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes. 3 (context computing English) A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis. 4 A glimpse or glance. 5 (context UK dialect English) gleam; glimmer; sparkle 6 (context nautical English) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; iceblink 7 (context sports in the plural English) bough cast where deer are to pass, in order to turn or check them. 8 (label en video games) An ability that allows teleporting, mostly for short distances vb. 1 To close and reopen both eyes quickly. 2 To flash headlights on a car at. 3 To send a signal with a lighting device. 4 To flash on and off at regular intervals. 5 (context hyperbole English) To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response. 6 To shut out of sight; to evade; to shirk. 7 (context Scotland English) To trick; to deceive. 8 To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye. 9 To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes. 10 To shine, especially with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp. 11 To turn slightly sour, or blinky, as beer, milk, etc. 12 (label en video games) To teleport, mostly for short distances


n. a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly [syn: eye blink, blinking, wink, winking, nictitation, nictation]

  1. v. briefly shut the eyes; "The TV announcer never seems to blink" [syn: wink, nictitate, nictate]

  2. force to go away by blinking; "blink away tears" [syn: wink, blink away]

  3. gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing" [syn: flash, wink, twinkle, winkle]

Blink (comics)

Blink (Clarice Ferguson) is a fictional character, a superheroine appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics, usually those featuring the X-Men. A mutant with the power of teleportation, Blink was created by writer Scott Lobdell and artist Joe Madureira, and first appeared in Uncanny X-Men #317 (October 1994).

Blink (community)

Blink was one of the largest online community in Norway with over 350,000 active members (7.74% of the Norwegian population). It was created by Fredrik Kristiansen and Morten Mitch Larød, and released on February 1, 2002. Over the following two years, the community became twice as popular as any other Norwegian community. The community was finally closed down at the end of 2011, due to a mass flight of users to competitors like Facebook. After this flight, the 4,000 active members were not enough for the community to remain viable and it was therefore closed down.

Blink (book)

Blink: The Power of Thinking Without Thinking (2005) is Malcolm Gladwell's second book. It presents in popular science format research from psychology and behavioral economics on the adaptive unconscious: mental processes that work rapidly and automatically from relatively little information. It considers both the strengths of the adaptive unconscious, for example in expert judgment, and its pitfalls, such as stereotypes.

Blink (disambiguation)

A blink refers to blinking, a rapid closing and opening of the eyelid.

Blink may also refer to:

Blink (Plumb album)

Blink is the fifth album by Christian singer Plumb. It was released in 2007 via Curb Records. The album includes the single "In My Arms."

Blink (band)

Blink are a pop rock band from Ireland. They are noted for their mixture of humour and melancholy. They have released three albums to date: A Map of the Universe by Blink (1994), The End Is High (1998) and Deep Inside the Sound of Sadness (2004). "A Map of the Universe by Blink" was an Irish top ten album. "The End is High" was a Billboard album of the week and "Deep inside the Sound of Sadness" was nominated as Best Irish Album of the Year in the 2005 Meteor Music Awards.

The band are also notable as being the first band to be pictured on a telephone card.

The San Diego, California based pop punk band now known as Blink-182 was originally also called Blink, but a legal dispute with the Irish Blink resulted in their name change to Blink-182.

Blink (film)

Blink is a 1994 neo-noir thriller film starring Madeleine Stowe and Aidan Quinn. Director Michael Apted was nominated for a Crystal Globe award for the film at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, and screenwriter Dana Stevens was nominated for Best Motion Picture at the Edgar Allan Poe Awards. Emmy Award-winning actress Laurie Metcalf also had a role in the film. Chicago rock band The Drovers played a support role as themselves, contributing three songs to the soundtrack. Stowe's character, Emma, is a fiddler in the group. Some scenes were filmed in Chicago, Illinois.

Blink (Doctor Who)

"Blink" is the tenth episode of the third series of the British science fiction television series Doctor Who. It was first broadcast on 9 June 2007 on the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). The episode was directed by Hettie MacDonald and is the only episode in the 2007 series written by Steven Moffat. The episode is based on a previous short story written by Moffat for the 2006 Doctor Who Annual, entitled "'What I Did on My Christmas Holidays' By Sally Sparrow".

In the episode, the Doctor—a time travelling alien played by David Tennant—and his companion Martha Jones ( Freema Agyeman) are trapped in the past and try to communicate with a young woman, Sally Sparrow ( Carey Mulligan), to prevent the Weeping Angels from taking control of the TARDIS. Sparrow and her best friend's brother, Larry Nightingale ( Finlay Robertson), must unravel a set of cryptic clues sent through time by the marooned Doctor.

The Doctor and his companion have very little screen time, which allowed for another episode to be filmed simultaneously; "Blink" is consequently referred to as a "Doctor-lite" episode. The scenes at Wester Drumlins were shot in a derelict house in Newport. To create the angels, two actresses wore makeup and prosthetics. The episode was seen by 6.62 million viewers in the United Kingdom.

"Blink" received widespread critical acclaim, and is widely considered to be one of the best episodes of the show. Moffat won the BAFTA Craft and BAFTA Cymru awards for Best Writer, and the Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation, Short Form, while for her single performance in the series, Mulligan won the Constellation Award for Best Female Performance in a 2007 Science Fiction Television Episode. In 2009 the episode was voted the second best Doctor Who story ever by readers of Doctor Who Magazine.

Blink (Monk album)

Blink is the third album by Monk, released in 1999.

Blink (novel)

Blink is a 2003 novel by Christian author Ted Dekker. It was re-released in November 2007 under the title Blink of an Eye, featuring new content and a more expedient storyline. It follows two main characters from a 3rd person perspective. Blink is set in the modern-day United States and in the Middle East, and features a Christian fiction perspective.

Blink (airline)

Blink is a British commercial aviation operation which provides private Jet travel using Cessna Citation Mustang Very Light Jets. The company began operations in London in May 2008.

Blink (SIP client)

Blink is a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) client distributed under the Blink license ( GNU GPLv3 with the exception of possibility to include Proprietary software modules for commercial purpose)

The software is written in Python for Cocoa, and lately it was ported to Qt for supporting Microsoft Windows and GNU/ Linux platforms.

Blink (Rosie Ribbons song)

Blink is a song produced by Mark Lister and released as a single by Pop Idol contestant Rosie Ribbons in 2002. The single peaked at number 12 in the United Kingdom.

Blink (Revive album)

Blink, released on June 22, 2010, is the current album from Christian Rock band Revive. Blink is their fourth studio album and second release on Essential Records.

Blink (U.V.U.K. song)

"Blink" is a song by English dance-pop duo U.V.U.K. It was released as the group's second single on March 27, 2012 through Robbins Entertainment. The song was written by Eric Sanicola, Damon Sharpe, and Shanna Crooks, and it was produced by Sanicola and Sharpe. The lyrics of the song are about enjoying and making the best of life and not wanting to miss any of it.

Blink (production company)

Blink is a British production company and creative studio producing commercials, music videos, animations, art and fashion films. It is composed of Blink Productions, BlinkInk, BlinkArt, Colonel Blimp and White Lodge. The company's head offices are based in Soho, London. Blink is headed by managing director, James Studholme, and represents a total of 48 directors and artists across its five divisions.

Blink was named Production Company of the Year by Campaign Magazine in 2012 for the second consecutive year, having previously held the title in 2011 and 1997. Blink was also chosen in 2011 for the same accolade by Televisual Magazine. In 2013, Blink was named Production Company of The Year at the British Arrow Awards, as well as a winning a total of 12 gold and silver awards for its commercials. Sometimes, Blink will be confused with the popular band Blink 182 and will always deny claims because of an earlier situation. In 1993 a court case titled Blink vs. Blink 182 caused Blink (production company) to loose millions of dollars. Blink had a logo that was currently Blink 182's own logo and people bought it thinking that it was Blink 182's product, so now, Blink uses their current logo.

Blink (web engine)

Blink is a web browser engine developed as part of the Chromium project by The Chromium Project with contributions from Google, Opera Software ASA, Intel, Samsung and others. It was first announced in April 2013. It is a fork of the WebCore component of WebKit and is used in Chrome starting at version 28, Opera (15+), Amazon Silk and other Chromium-based browsers and frameworks.

Much of WebCore's code is used for features which Chrome implements differently (such as sandboxing and the multi-process model). These parts were removed from the Blink fork, which made it simpler, and gave greater flexibility for adding new features. The fork will also deprecate vendor prefixes; experimental functionality will instead be enabled on an opt-in basis. Aside from these planned changes, Blink currently remains relatively similar to WebCore. By commit count, Google has been the largest contributor to the WebKit code base since late 2009.

Blink's naming was influenced by the non-standard presentational blink HTML tag, which was introduced by Netscape Navigator, and supported by Presto and Gecko-based browsers until August 2013.

Usage examples of "blink".

Sr Alec sat up blinking as Seregil threw open the shutters early the next morning.

Spreading his toes out for balance, Alec blinked up at her and gave a soft hoot.

Blinking slowly, his worn gentle face turned stony, the Wan searched the dazed faces of the Amar until he saw the one he wanted.

Lights in buildings blinked off one by one as this less-than-elite section of Arista went to sleep.

Surrounding Atene, they led her from the Sanctuary, accompanied by her uncle the Shaman, who, as it seemed to me, either through fatigue or fear, could scarcely stand upon his feet, but stood blinking his dim eyes as though the light dazed him.

She stared at Bender, her eyes blinking with the sudden sting of unshed tears.

Once there, the pain he was in, added to the disorder occasioned in his brain by the five leaders, caused him to give forth a summary of their contents, while Blink pressed his knees with her chin whenever the rising of his voice betokened too great absorption, as was her wont when she wanted him to feed her.

Now I found myself upon an apparently abandoned road which I had chosen as the shortest cut to Arkham, overtaken by the storm at a point far from any town, and confronted with no refuge save the antique and repellent wooden building which blinked with bleared windows from between two huge leafless elms near the foot of a rocky hill.

One man blinked blearily at my bare leg with a faint look of speculationonly to recoil noticeably when he met my eye.

But when he looked through his outer eyes and saw, only light-years away, a likely sun, he blinked to it, saw its family, orbited the likely planets and went through his routine.

When he blinked it blinked, emerging into normal space as he emerged, waiting as he explored still another world, always within easy range of his eyes, his senses, but undetected.

The first time the ship blinked out, rested, blinked back, there was jubilation at the blink base on the dark side.

For the second time in the history of man, a ship had been blinked and had not gone off into that unexplained nothing, which had eaten the previous ten blink vehicles.

It was there, whole, looking as though it had never blinked out of time and space to travel 2,000 kilometers out and 2,000 kilometers back.

In detecting a distant object, his system blinked waves, sending them not through space but into something else, in and out, in and out, on timed adjustable intervals, longer blinks to detect large objects, shorter and shorter as the search narrowed down.