twin|kling [ `twıŋklıŋ ] noun
in the twinkling of an eye or in a twinkling
very quickly

Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.

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  • Twinkling — Twin kling, n. 1. The act of one who, or of that which, twinkles; a quick movement of the eye; a wink; a twinkle. Holland. [1913 Webster] 2. A shining with intermitted light; a scintillation; a sparkling; as, the twinkling of the stars. [1913… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • twinkling — *instant, moment, minute, second, flash, jiffy, split second …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • twinkling — [twiŋ′kliŋ] n. 1. the action of a thing that twinkles 2. a) the winking of an eye b) the very brief time it takes to wink; instant …   English World dictionary

  • Twinkling — Twinkle Twin kle, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Twinkled}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Twinkling}.] [OE. twinklen, AS. twinclian; akin to OE. twinken to blink, wink, G. zwinken, zwinkern, and perhaps to E. twitch.] 1. To open and shut the eye rapidly; to blink; to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • twinkling — twin|kling [ˈtwıŋklıŋ] n in the twinkling of an eye also in a twinkling very quickly …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • twinkling — /ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ/ (say twingkling) noun 1. the act of shining with little gleams of light. 2. Obsolete winking; a wink. –phrase 3. in the twinkling of an eye, in a very short space of time; immediately: *In the twinkling of an eye it happened, before… …  

  • twinkling — noun Date: 14th century the time required for a wink ; instant < the kettle will boil in a twinkling Punch > …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • twinkling — noun Twinkling is used before these nouns: ↑eye, ↑light …   Collocations dictionary

  • twinkling — sb. == ‘in the twinkling of an eye.’ Wright’s L. P. p. 106. AS. twinclian == twangling, or tinkling (of a harp). Alys. 2572 …   Oldest English Words

  • twinkling — n. 1. Flashing, sparkling, twinkle. 2. Instant, moment, second, jiffy, trice, flash, twinkling of an eye, time of a wink …   New dictionary of synonyms

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