blink vs nictitate what difference

what is difference between blink and nictitate

English

Etymology

From Middle English blynken, blenken, from Old English blincan (suggested by causative verb blenċan (to deceive); > English blench), from Proto-Germanic *blinkaną, a variant of *blīkaną (to gleam, shine). Cognate with Dutch blinken (to glitter, shine), German blinken (to flash, blink), Danish blinke (to flash, twinkle, wink, blink), Swedish blinka (to flash, blink, twinkle, wink, blink). Related to blank, blick, blike, bleak.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /blɪŋk/
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Verb

blink (third-person singular simple present blinks, present participle blinking, simple past and past participle blinked)

  1. (intransitive) To close and reopen both eyes quickly.
    1. (transitive) To close and reopen one’s eyes to remove (something) from on or around the eyes.
    2. To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye.
    3. To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes.
    4. To shine, especially with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp.
      • 1800, William Wordsworth, The Pet-Lamb
        The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink.
  2. To flash on and off at regular intervals.
    1. To flash headlights on a car at.
    2. To send a signal with a lighting device.
  3. (hyperbolic) To perform the smallest action that could solicit a response.
    • 1980, Billy Joel, “Don’t Ask Me Why”, Glass Houses, Columbia Records
      All the waiters in your grand cafe / Leave their tables when you blink.
  4. (transitive) To shut out of sight; to evade; to shirk.
  5. (Scotland) To trick; to deceive.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jamieson to this entry?)
  6. To turn slightly sour, or blinky, as beer, milk, etc.
  7. (science fiction, video games) To teleport, mostly for short distances.

Synonyms

  • (close and open both eyes quickly): nictitate

Translations

Noun

blink (plural blinks)

  1. The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.
  2. (figuratively) The time needed to close and reopen one’s eyes.
  3. (computing) A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.
    • 2007, Cheryl D. Wise, Foundations of Microsoft Expression Web: The Basics and Beyond (page 150)
      I can think of no good reason to use blink because blinking text and images are annoying, they mark the creator as an amateur, and they have poor browser support.
  4. A glimpse or glance.
    • This is the first blink that ever I had of him.
  5. (Britain, dialect) gleam; glimmer; sparkle
    • 1835, William Wordsworth, Address from the Spirit of Cockermouth Castle
      Not a blink of light was there.
  6. (nautical) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; iceblink
  7. (sports, in the plural) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, in order to turn or check them.
  8. (video games) An ability that allows teleporting, mostly for short distances

Related terms

Translations


Danish

Verb

blink

  1. imperative of blinke

Dutch

Pronunciation

  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Verb

blink

  1. first-person singular present indicative of blinken
  2. imperative of blinken

German

Verb

blink

  1. singular imperative of blinken
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of blinken

Norwegian Bokmål

Etymology

From the verb blinke

Pronunciation

Noun

blink m (definite singular blinken, indefinite plural blinker, definite plural blinkene)

  1. a target, bullseye

Synonyms

  • skyteskive

Derived terms

  • midt i blinken

Noun

blink n

  1. lightning

Derived terms

  • blinklys

See also

  • lynglimt

Verb

blink

  1. imperative of blinke

References

  • “blink” in The Bokmål Dictionary.

Norwegian Nynorsk

Etymology

From the verb blinke

Noun

blink m (definite singular blinken, indefinite plural blinkar, definite plural blinkane)

  1. a target, bullseye

Synonyms

  • skyteskive

Derived terms

  • augneblink

Verb

blink

  1. imperative of blinka

References

  • “blink” in The Nynorsk Dictionary.


English

Etymology

Back-formation from nictitating.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈnɪktɪteɪt/

Verb

nictitate (third-person singular simple present nictitates, present participle nictitating, simple past and past participle nictitated)

  1. (transitive) to wink or blink

Related terms

  • nictitation
  • nictitating membrane

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