Pronunciation: (blingk),[key] —v.i. 1. to open and close the eye, esp. involuntarily; wink rapidly and repeatedly.
2. to look with winking or half-shut eyes: I blinked at the harsh morning light. 3. to be startled, surprised, or dismayed (usually fol. by at): She blinked at his sudden fury. 4. to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often fol. by at): to blink at another's eccentricities. 5. to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle: The light on the buoy blinked in the distance.
—v.t. 1. to open and close (the eye or eyes), usually rapidly and repeatedly; wink: She blinked her eyes in an effort to wake up. 2. to cause (something) to blink: We blinked the flashlight frantically, but there was no response. 3. to ignore deliberately; evade; shirk.
—n. 1. an act of blinking: The faithful blink of the lighthouse. 2. a gleam; glimmer: There was not a blink of light anywhere. 3. Chiefly Scot.a glance or glimpse.
4. Meteorol. a. iceblink.
5. on the blink, not in proper working order; in need of repair: The washing machine is on the blink again.