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,Spenser.
The damsel broke his misintended dart.
2. A brief flash or gleam, esp. when rapidly repeated.
3. The time of a wink; a twinkling. Dryden.
(Twin"kler) n. One who, or that which, twinkles, or winks; a winker; an eye.
1. The act of one who, or of that which, twinkles; a quick movement of the eye; a wink; a twinkle. Holland.
2. A shining with intermitted light; a scintillation; a sparkling; as, the twinkling of the stars.
3. The time of a wink; a moment; an instant.
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump, . . . the dead shall be raised incorruptible.1
Cor. xv. 52.
(Twin"leaf`) n. (Bot.) See Jeffersonia.
(Twin"like`) a. Closely resembling; being a counterpart. Twin"like`ness, n.
(Twin"ling) n. [Twin + 1st - ling.] A young or little twin, especially a twin lamb.
(Twinned) a. (Crystallog.) Composed of parts united according to a law of twinning. See
Twin, n., 4.
(Twin"ner) n. One who gives birth to twins; a breeder of twins. Tusser.
Polysynthetic twinning, repeated twinning of crystal lamellæ, as that of the triclinic feldspars. Repeated
twinning, twinning of more than two crystals, or parts of crystals. Twinning axis, Twinning plane.
See the Note under Twin, n.
(Twin"ning) n. (Crystallog.) The assemblage of two or more crystals, or parts of crystals,
in reversed position with reference to each other in accordance with some definite law; also, rarely, in
artificial twinning (accomplished for example by pressure), the process by which this reversal is brought
(Twin"ter) n. [AS. twi- + winter winter. See Twice, and Winter.] A domestic animal two winters
old. [Prov. Eng.]
(Twire) n. [Cf. D. tweern, G. zwirn, and E. twine.] A twisted filament; a thread. [Obs.] Locke.
(Twire), v. i. [Cf. MHG. zwieren, E. thwart, and queer.]
1. To peep; to glance obliquely; to leer. [Obs.]
Which maids will twire 'tween their fingers.B. Jonson.
I saw the wench that twired and twinkled at thee.Beau. & Fl.
2. To twinkle; to glance; to gleam. [Obs.]
When sparkling stars twire not.Shak.