nictitate

nictitate

[nik-ti-teyt]
verb (used without object), nictitated, nictitating.
to wink.
Also, nictate.


Origin:
1815–25; < Medieval Latin nictitātus, past participle of nictitāre, frequentative of Latin nictāre to wink, frequentative of nicere to beckon; see -ate1

nictitant, adjective
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nictitate or nictate (ˈnɪktɪˌteɪt, ˈnɪkteɪt)
 
vb
technical words for blink
 
[C19: from Medieval Latin nictitāre to wink repeatedly, from Latin nictāre to wink, from nicere to beckon]
 
nictate or nictate
 
vb
 
[C19: from Medieval Latin nictitāre to wink repeatedly, from Latin nictāre to wink, from nicere to beckon]
 
nicti'tation or nictate
 
n
 
nic'tation or nictate
 
n

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nictitate
"to wink," 1822, from M.L. nictitatus, pp. of nictitare, freq. of L. nictare "wink, blink," related to second element in connive (q.v.).
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