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blinker

[bling-ker] /ˈblɪŋ kər/
noun
1.
a device for flashing light signals.
2.
a light that flashes intermittently, especially one that serves as a traffic signal.
3.
either of two leather flaps on a bridle, to prevent a horse from seeing sideways; a blinder.
verb (used with object)
4.
to put blinkers on.
Origin
1630-1640
1630-40; blink + -er1
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Examples from the web for blinker
  • For added safety when sharing the road in low light conditions, a handy attachment patch allows for easy blinker set-up.
  • He is armored only in innocence and determination and those qualities blinker him.
  • She put on her right turn blinker and moved quickly into the right turn lane.
  • Sections should be identified with panels or blinker lights at their extremities.
  • At night it had to be by radio because you couldn't send message by blinker.
British Dictionary definitions for blinker

blinker

/ˈblɪŋkə/
noun
1.
a flashing light for sending messages, as a warning device, etc, such as a direction indicator on a road vehicle
2.
(often pl) a slang word for eye1
verb (transitive)
3.
to provide (a horse) with blinkers
4.
to obscure with or as if with blinkers
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Word Origin and History for blinker
n.

1630s, "one who blinks," agent noun from blink (v.). As a type of horse eye screen to keep the animal looking straight ahead, from 1789. Slang meaning "the eye" is from 1816. Meaning "intermittent flashing light" is from 1923.

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