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wink1

[wingk] /wɪŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to close and open one or both eyes quickly.
2.
to close and open one eye quickly as a hint or signal or with some sly meaning (often followed by at):
She winked at him across the room.
3.
(of the eyes) to close and open thus; blink.
4.
to shine with little flashes of light; twinkle:
The city lights winked in the distance.
verb (used with object)
5.
to close and open (one or both eyes) quickly; execute or give (a wink).
6.
to drive or force by winking (usually followed by back or away):
She attempted to wink back the tears.
7.
to signal or convey by a wink.
noun
8.
an act of winking.
9.
a winking movement, especially of one eye in giving a hint or signal.
10.
a hint or signal given by winking.
11.
the time required for winking once; an instant or twinkling:
I'll be there in a wink.
12.
a little flash of light; twinkle.
13.
the least bit:
I didn't sleep a wink last night.
Verb phrases
14.
wink at, to ignore deliberately, as to avoid the necessity of taking action:
to wink at minor offenses.
Origin of wink1
900
before 900; (v.) Middle English winken, Old English wincian; cognate with German winken to wave, signal; (noun) Middle English: nap, derivative of the v.
Related forms
winkingly, adverb
unwinking, adjective
Synonyms
1. Wink, blink refer to rapid motions of the eyelid. To wink is to close and open either one or both eyelids with a rapid motion. To blink suggests a sleepy, dazed, or dazzled condition in which it is difficult to focus the eyes or see clearly: Bright sun makes one blink. 4. sparkle.
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Examples from the Web for unwinking
Historical Examples
  • Silvine was very white, and gazed at the men with unwinking, staring eyes.

    The Downfall Emile Zola
  • His stony, unwinking stare was fixed on the planks of the deck.

    End of the Tether Joseph Conrad
  • The dawn from behind the mountains put a gleam into his unwinking eyes.

  • Bruin deigned no reply, but continued to survey him with steady, unwinking eyes.

    The Young Miner Horatio Alger, Jr.
  • Just as she turned to go out, I saw her eyes upon me, dry, unwinking.

    The Blue Wall

    Richard Washburn Child
  • Who ever helped Stubb, or kept Stubb awake, but Stubb's own unwinking eye?

    Moby Dick; or The Whale Herman Melville
  • "You have the right to know it," she said, looking at him out of brilliant, unwinking eyes.

    No Clue James Hay
  • They were unwinking and distinct because there was no air where this thing floated.

    Space Platform Murray Leinster
  • He looked at me with unwinking eyes—the empty stare of a bird of prey.

    The Reckoning Robert W. Chambers
  • His round eyes were fixed on his superior in an unwinking glare.

British Dictionary definitions for unwinking

unwinking

/ʌnˈwɪŋkɪŋ/
adjective
1.
vigilant; watchful

wink1

/wɪŋk/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to close and open one eye quickly, deliberately, or in an exaggerated fashion to convey friendliness, etc
2.
to close and open (an eye or the eyes) momentarily
3.
(transitive; foll by away, back, etc) to force away (tears, etc) by winking
4.
(transitive) to signal with a wink
5.
(intransitive) (of a light) to gleam or flash intermittently
noun
6.
a winking movement, esp one conveying a signal, etc, or such a signal
7.
an interrupted flashing of light
8.
a brief moment of time; instant
9.
(informal) the smallest amount, esp of sleep See also forty winks
10.
(Brit, informal) tip the wink, to give a hint
Word Origin
Old English wincian; related to Old Saxon wincon, Old High German winchan, German winken to wave. See wench, winch

wink2

/wɪŋk/
noun
1.
a disc used in the game of tiddlywinks
Word Origin
C20: shortened from tiddlywinks
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Word Origin and History for unwinking

wink

v.

Old English wincian "to nod, wink," from Proto-Germanic *wenkanan (cf. Dutch wenken, Old High German winkan, German winken), a gradational variant of the root of Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover," from PIE *weng- "to bend, curve." The meaning "close an eye as a hint or signal" is first recorded c.1100; that of "close one's eyes to fault or irregularity" first attested late 15c. Related: Winked; winking.

wink

n.

c.1300, from wink (v.); meaning "very brief moment of time" is attested from 1580s.

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unwinking in Medicine

wink (wĭngk)
v. winked, wink·ing, winks

  1. To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.

  2. To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.

n.
A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.
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Idioms and Phrases with unwinking

wink

In addition to the idiom beginning with
wink
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