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Wink, subst. 1) the act of closing the eye: whiles you . . . to the perpetual w. (i. e. to death) “for aye might put this ancient morsel,” Tp. II, 1, 285. “to give mine enemy a lasting w.” Wint. I, 2, 317 (cf. “to give a winking,” Hml. II, 2, 137).
2) a significant look: “her --s and nods,” Hml. IV, 5, 11 (cf. Eye-wink).
3) no more time than is necessary to shut the eyes; a short moment: “ambition cannot pierce a w. beyond, but doubt discovery there,” Tp. II, 1, 242. “every w. of an eye some new grace will be born,” Wint. V, 2, 119. “I have not slept one w.” Cymb. III, 4, 103.
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