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blink

(blink),
To close and open the eyelids rapidly; an involuntary act by which the tears are spread over the conjunctiva, keeping it moist.
Synonym(s): wink

blink

(blingk)
To close and open the eyes rapidly; an involuntary act by which the tears are spread over the cornea and conjunctiva, keeping it moist.

blink 

A temporary closure of the eyelids (usually of both eyes). Blinks are usually involuntary but may be voluntary. The frequency of blinking is conditioned by a number of external and internal factors, e.g. glare, wind, emotion, attention, tiredness, etc. Normal blink rate is about 10 blinks per minute, although there are wide variations. The duration of a full blink is approximately 0.3-0.4 s. Blink rates are often altered with contact lens wear and in some diseased states (e.g. chalazion, Graves' disease). See corneal reflex; wink.
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Caption: Figure 1 Blink defect on b-scan (top); En face image blink defect (bottom)
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They noticed audiences waited for the action to slow then all blinked at the same time.
They used the timing of those blinks as a reference, and then played the volunteers the same clip again and measured whether the eye blinks occurred at the same time as the reference blinks.
On average, a person blinks eight times a minute, nearly 8,000 times a day.
She could blink her eyes, but no one was sure if she understood the questions she was asked to blink an answer to (one blink = no, two blinks = yes).
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Named eye aRe units--a takeoff on the abbreviation for infrared--the devices can monitor such eye characteristics as the rate at which a person blinks. That can provide a window onto a person's mental and emotional state, Selker says.
On another wall we meet Fiona (This is Fiona, 2000), who blinks, smiles at us, blinks, raises her eyebrows inquisitively, and blinks again.