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What does blink mean?
To blink is to open and close the eyes rapidly, usually involuntarily. A blink is the act of blinking.
To blink is also to shine unsteadily, as a light that is about to die might.
In a figurative sense, to blink means to be startled or dismayed, as in Carter blinked at all the money his business partner spent on traveling.
To blink can also mean to ignore or avoid something, as in Society will blink at rude behavior if the person being rude is powerful enough.
Example: Blink your eyes when you see the light flash.
Where does blink come from?
The first records of the term blink come from the mid-1200s. It comes from the Middle English blenken, meaning “to quail, shrink back, or flinch.”
Humans unconsciously blink their eyes a lot without realizing—up to 20 times a minute! Perhaps that frequency is why we have so many senses of the word blink. A blink can also be a gleam of light, as in The house was almost completely dark, with just a blink of light coming from the cellar. Blinkers can be flashing lights, such as turn signals in a car, or flaps on a bridle that prevent a horse from seeing sideways, effectively blinkering its vision. The phrase on the blink means “not working properly,” such as when you turn your computer on and nothing happens. And if anyone tells you not to blink or you’ll miss it, they mean that something is going to happen very quickly.
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How is blink used in real life?
Blink is commonly used to refer to involuntarily closing your eyes.
Why do I forget to blink when I draw.
— h (@halsey) July 16, 2018
The West Wing premiered 19 years ago today. Seems like both an eternity and a blink of an eye.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) September 22, 2018
I blink in photos too much
— Matthew Espinosa (@MatthewEspinosa) July 13, 2014
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How to use blink in a sentence
It might be from watching your portfolio this year whipsaw from precipitous lows to glorious highs in what seemed like a blink.From Bitcoin to Asian tech stocks, these are the biggest winners and losers of the 2020 global markets|Bernhard Warner|January 1, 2021|Fortune
The economic and social impact of the global pandemic has forced shopping habits to change in the blink of an eye.Technology saving retail businesses from going under|Sponsored Content: Lightspeed|December 23, 2020|Search Engine Land
In the blink of an eye, there’s all this innovation—from 2017, when I first took a look at this and couldn’t have imagined how it was possible, to now, where there’s this huge positive movement.
Legend held that the blink came from the lantern of an ill-fated mother searching for her son.
If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that things can change dramatically, in the blink of an eye.Can the Dow’s Big Tech makeover finally push the blue chip index above 30,000?|Bernhard Warner|August 25, 2020|Fortune
Now it can happen in the blink of an eye—just look at former House majority leader Eric Cantor.
He was unable to speak, and the woman asked him to blink once for yes, twice for no in reply to some questions.
In the blink of an eye, the hipster has turned into a catch-all scapegoat, guilty for everything from expensive beer to bad music.
Technology that stealthily decimates in the blink of an eye, that is what is what Israel needs in the Twenty-First Century.
Efron, in a blink, went from shy concealment to peacock-ish display.
I had to blink hard two or three times before I could really make up my mind that the tip-toer was Maisie Ann.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
Then, in the blink of an eye, Arcot was floating in the air before him.Islands of Space|John W Campbell
Stevens' eyes blinked, and in that blink Ben charged, and as he moved, Murray and Tholfsen followed.The Onslaught from Rigel|Fletcher Pratt
And it is this same white water which gives rise to the phenomenon above referred to, locally known as “Bank Blink.”A Middy of the King|Harry Collingwood
Behind it was a continuous ice-blink and on our left, to the north, a deep blue "water sky."The Home of the Blizzard|Douglas Mawson
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