blinking


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blinking

a normal function having the effect of maintaining the tear film over the cornea, clearing debris and promoting clearance of tears into the lacrimal duct. Excessive blinking may be due to conjunctival irritation, to a state of enhanced irritability, or generalized muscle tetany.
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It was no use blinking the fact now--they would get too fond of each other, if he went on taking notice of her-- and what would come of it?
And at last the Professor opened his eyes, and sat up, blinking at us with eyes of utter bewilderment.
The glow of the red charcoal as it went from hand to hand lit up the narrow, blinking eyes, the high Chinese cheek-bones, and the bull-throats that melted away into the dark duffle folds round the shoulders.
By day made strange, the woods we range With blinking eyes we scan; While down the skies the wild duck cries "The Day--the Day to Man
ROSE'S grief was a surprise to herself; there was no blinking the fact that her life was going to be far more disrupted by Martin's death than it had been by Bill's.
He had opened his mouth to speak to Symon, when he stopped, and suddenly found himself blinking in the full shock of the white light, and looking over the other man's shoulder, he saw that the door was standing open.
I can promise you the one, but not the other,' he snarled, and so turned his rounded back upon me, and went peering and blinking out of the room.
Tisn't a city, the place I mean; leastwise 'twaddn' when I was there--'twas a little one-eyed, blinking sort o'place.
He was silent all through dinner and looked about, blinking and scowling, or, with fixed eyes and a look of complete absent-mindedness, kept rubbing the bridge of his nose.
Yes," she answered, looking gravely at his tousled hair and blinking gray eyes.
For immediately he was surrounded by a crowd of girls who drew the knitting-needles from their hair and began Jabbing them at the Guardian with the sharp points dangerously near his fat cheeks and blinking eyes.
On a shelf over the window sat a great blue owl with a blue sunbonnet on her head, blinking her big round eyes at the visitors.