[ nik-ti-teyt ]
/ ˈnɪk tɪˌteɪt /
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verb (used without object), nic·ti·tat·ed, nic·ti·tat·ing.
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Let’s start with some etymology: What are the origins of the typographical word “bracket”?
First appeared around 1750, and is related to the French word “braguette” for the name of codpiece armor.
First appeared in 1610, based on the French word “baguette” for the long loaf of bread.
First appeared in 1555, and is related to the French word “raquette” for a netted bat.TAKE THE QUIZ TO FIND OUT
Also nic·tate .
Origin of nictitate
1815–25; <Medieval Latin nictitātus, past participle of nictitāre, frequentative of Latin nictāre to wink, frequentative of nicere to beckon; see -ate1
OTHER WORDS FROM nictitatenic·ti·tant, adjective
Words nearby nictitate
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British Dictionary definitions for nictitate
/ (ˈnɪktɪˌteɪt) /
technical words for blink (def. 1)
Derived forms of nictitatenictitation or nictation, noun
Word Origin for nictitate
C19: from Medieval Latin nictitāre to wink repeatedly, from Latin nictāre to wink, from nicere to beckon
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