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    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

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    #12

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    I'm surprised at how all the dictionaries do use wink or blink as a definition for 'nictate' (also spelled 'nictitate'). Presumably that's because it comes from the Latin word meaning to blink.

    I've only seen it (in the form of 'nictitate') used to refer to the nictitating membrane or inner eyelid of some animals which protects the eye without having to close the outer eyelids.
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    #13

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    No. Nictate is a technical term which would be technically correct but very unnatural. To wink means to close one eye while looking at another person in order to communicate an idea.
    . If "nictate" is a technical term, in what fields can it be used for and how can a simple verb about "eye movement" be technical?

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    #14

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Note my suggestions above.
    Why cannot "deliberately" be used instead of "deliberate" ?

    See the link http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...h/deliberately

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    #15

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Nictate is not what I would call a simple verb. It's a rare verb used only by academics and possibly physicians. The simple verbs blink and wink, and the phrase to close ones eye(s), serve perfectly well in everyday use.

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    #16

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    I had not heard of the verb nictate​ until this thread started.

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    #17

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    Why cannot "deliberately" be used instead of "deliberate" ?

    See the link http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict...h/deliberately
    Here's the phrase you're asking about: Can blinking appear deliberate? In that phrase, to be is understood and "deliberate" is an adjective. There is no word which could be logically modified by the adverb "deliberately".
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    #18

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I had not heard of the verb nictate​ until this thread started.
    I understood it by seeing its clear relationship to the noun phrase nictating membrane, which I learned when my family got a dog when I was eleven. You may wonder why such a young boy would learn such a specialized term. My father was a professor who sometimes taught comparative anatomy, and that was the only term he knew to answer me with when I asked about the dog's mysterious inner eyelid.
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    #19

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    I had not heard of the verb nictate​ until this thread started.
    I'd got through a fair number of decades without hearing it too.

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    #20

    Re: blink v. nictate v. wink

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    I'd got through a fair number of decades without hearing it too.
    Me, too, and since learning about it I've never found it necessary to use it.

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