Twinkle

Definition of Twinkle

Twin´kle   Pronunciation: twĭņ´k'l
v. i.1.To open and shut the eye rapidly; to blink; to wink.
[imp. & p. p. Twinkled (twĭņ"k'ld); p. pr. & vb. n. Twinkling (twĭņ"klĭng).]
The owl fell a moping and twinkling.
- L' Estrange.
2.To shine with an intermitted or a broken, quavering light; to flash at intervals; to sparkle; to scintillate.
These stars do not twinkle when viewed through telescopes that have large apertures.
- Sir I. Newton.
The western sky twinkled with stars.
- Sir W. Scott.
n.1.A closing or opening, or a quick motion, of the eye; a wink or sparkle of the eye.
Suddenly, with twinkle of her eye,
The damsel broke his misintended dart.
- Spenser.
2.A brief flash or gleam, esp. when rapidly repeated.
3.The time of a wink; a twinkling.

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