verb /nɪkˈteɪt/
To wink or blink; (of certain animals) to close the nictating membrane.

Indignantly interrogated as to whether he himself believed or exercised this abhominable and perabsurd superstition, he very gravely nictated his dexter eyelid. And I nictated mine. And we both laughed.

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  • Nictate — Nic tate, v. i. [L. nictare, nictatum, from nicere to beckon.] To wink; to nictitate. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • nictate — [nik′tāt΄] vi. nictated, nictating NICTITATE nictation n …   English World dictionary

  • nictate — (Roget s Thesaurus II) verb To open and close the eyes rapidly: bat1, blink, nictitate, twinkle, wink. See REPETITION, SEE …   English dictionary for students

  • nictate — nɪkteɪt v. hint; wink; blink …   English contemporary dictionary

  • nictate — nic·tate …   English syllables

  • nictate —   v.i. nictitate.    ♦ nictation, n …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • nictate — verb briefly shut the eyes The TV announcer never seems to blink • Syn: ↑blink, ↑wink, ↑nictitate • Derivationally related forms: ↑nictation, ↑nictitation (fo …   Useful english dictionary

  • wink — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) v. blink, nictitate, nictate, squint, twinkle; overlook, ignore, condone. See vision, forgiveness, neglect, indication. II (Roget s IV) v. 1. [To close one eye] Syn. squint, blink, nictate, nictitate,… …   English dictionary for students

  • blink — I noun a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly • Syn: ↑eye blink, ↑blinking, ↑wink, ↑winking, ↑nictitation, ↑nictation • Derivationally related forms: ↑ni …   Useful english dictionary

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