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noun 
  1. a sparkle or glimmer of light
    • Robert De Beaugrande, "Text, Discourse, and Process",
    • : Soon the rocket was out of sight, and the flame was only seen as a tiny twinkle of light.
      1. a sparkle of delight in the eyes.
      He was a rotund, jolly man with a in his eye.
      1. a flitting movement
    • James Russell Lowell, "Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell",
    • : I saw the of white feet,
verb (twinkl, ing)
  1. (context, of a source of light) to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer
The stars were twinkling in the dark sky.
''We could see the lights of the village twinkling in the distance.
  1. (context, especially, of eyes) to be bright with delight
His shrewd little eyes twinkled roguishly.
  1. to bat, blink or wink the eyes
    • Mrs. Juliet M. Hueffer Soskice, "Reminiscences of an Artist's Granddaughter",
    • : She smiled and gave a little nod and twinkled her eyes and said, ...
      1. to flit to and fro
    • Dorothy Gilman, "Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle"
    • : A butterfly twinkled among the vines ...

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