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English noun: blink

1. blink (act) a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

Synonymsblinking, eye blink, nictation, nictitation, wink, winking

Broader (hypernym)inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex

Narrower (hyponym)palpebration

English verb: blink

1. blink (body) briefly shut the eyes

SamplesThe TV announcer never seems to blink.

Synonymsnictate, nictitate, wink

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act involuntarily, act reflexively

Narrower (hyponym)bat, flutter, palpebrate

2. blink (body) force to go away by blinking

SamplesBlink away tears.

Synonymsblink away, wink

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress

3. blink (perception) gleam or glow intermittently

SamplesThe lights were flashing.

ExamplesLights blink on the horizon, The horizon is blinking with lights

Synonymsflash, twinkle, wink, winkle

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)radiate

Narrower (hyponym)flick, flicker

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