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English noun: wink

1. wink (time) a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

SamplesIf I had the chance I'd do it in a flash.

Synonymsblink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling

Broader (hypernym)bit, minute, mo, moment, second

2. wink (communication) closing one eye quickly as a signal

Broader (hypernym)facial expression, facial gesture

3. wink (act) a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly

Synonymsblink, blinking, eye blink, nictation, nictitation, winking

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

Narrower (hyponym)palpebration

English verb: wink

1. wink (body) signal by winking

SamplesShe winked at him.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)gesticulate, gesture, motion

2. wink (perception) gleam or glow intermittently

SamplesThe lights were flashing.

Synonymsblink, flash, twinkle, winkle

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

Broader (hypernym)radiate

Narrower (hyponym)flick, flicker

3. wink (body) briefly shut the eyes

SamplesThe TV announcer never seems to blink.

Synonymsblink, nictate, nictitate

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)act involuntarily, act reflexively

Narrower (hyponym)bat, flutter, palpebrate

4. wink (body) force to go away by blinking

SamplesBlink away tears.

Synonymsblink, blink away

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

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

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