twinkle

twinkle
twinkle [twiŋ′kəl]
vi.
twinkled, twinkling [ME twinklen < OE twinclian, freq. of base seen in MHG zwinken, to wink]
1. to shine with quick, intermittent flashes of light, as some stars; sparkle
2. to light up, as with amusement: said of the eyes
3. to move about or back and forth quickly and lightly, as a dancer's feet; flicker
4. Archaic to wink or blink
vt.
1. to make twinkle
2. to emit (light) in quick, intermittent flashes
n.
1. a flicker or wink of the eye
2. a quick flash of amusement, etc. in the eye
3. a quick, intermittent flash of light; sparkle
4. the very brief time it takes to wink; twinkling
twinkler
n.

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