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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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