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English Dictionary: winking by the DICT Development Group
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. closing the eyes intermittently and rapidly; "he stood blinking in the bright sunlight"
    Synonym(s): blinking, winking
  1. a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly [syn: blink, eye blink, blinking, wink, winking, nictitation, nictation]
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Wink \Wink\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Winked}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Winking}.] [OE. winken, AS. wincian; akin to D. wenken, G.
      winken to wink, nod, beckon, OHG. winchan, Sw. vinka, Dan.
      vinke, AS. wancol wavering, OHG. wanchal wavering, wanch[?]n
      to waver, G. wanken, and perhaps to E. weak; cf. AS. wincel a
      corner. Cf. {Wench}, {Wince}, v. i.]
      1. To nod; to sleep; to nap. [Obs.] [bd]Although I wake or
            wink.[b8] --Chaucer.
      2. To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a
            quick motion.
                     He must wink, so loud he would cry.   --Chaucer.
                     And I will wink, so shall the day seem night.
                     They are not blind, but they wink.      --Tillotson.
      3. To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to
                     A baby of some three months old, who winked, and
                     turned aside its little face from the too vivid
                     light of day.                                    --Hawthorne.
      4. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of
            one eye only.
                     Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate.
      5. To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to
            connive at anything; to be tolerant; -- generally with at.
                     The times of this ignorance God winked at. --Acts
                                                                              xvii. 30.
                     And yet, as though he knew it not, His knowledge
                     winks, and lets his humors reign.      --Herbert.
                     Obstinacy can not be winked at, but must be subdued.
      6. To be dim and flicker; as, the light winks.
      {Winking monkey} (Zo[94]l.), the white-nosed monkey
            ({Cersopithecus nictitans}).
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