twinkling

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twinkling,

in astronomy: see seeingseeing,
in astronomy, the clarity with which stars and other celestial objects can be observed. It is primarily determined by the atmosphere of the earth. The most obvious phenomenon is twinkling, when the brightness of a star seems to fluctuate.
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twinkling

See scintillation.
References in classic literature ?
The tree that has been getting a twist for twenty years cannot be straightened in the twinkling of an eye.
Take the cloak with you; it is a wishing-cloak, and when you throw it on your shoulders you have only to wish yourself at a certain place, and in the twinkling of an eye you are there.
He executed the order in the twinkling of an eye, and unrolling a piece of tappa, displayed to my astonished gaze the identical pumps which I thought had been destroyed long before.
They could be our friends again in the twinkling of an eye.