English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

To follow an existing pattern in my program, I need a noun to describe the state of (not) blinking or flashing.

Default color

Default brightness


'Solidity' almost works, but implies transparency or opacity. What else can I use?

share|improve this question
The best I can come up with is "flashing state" or "blinking state". Neither of which are particularly satisfactory, hence posting this as a comment rather than an answer. – Marthaª Oct 7 '11 at 15:37
Is this state simply true/false, or would it include the speed of the blinking/flashing (with 0 or some other value to indicate no blinking)? – yoozer8 Oct 7 '11 at 15:38
On the one hand I'd be tempted to use something like 'blinkiness', and on the other I'm tempted to say "NEVER MAKE THINGS BLINK" and then you won't need this word (or setting). – Hellion Oct 7 '11 at 16:05
@Jim For the time being, it's simply true/false. If that ever changes, it will use words rather than numbers. For example, "solid," "fast blinking" and "slow blinking." – Maxpm Oct 7 '11 at 16:06
Default annoyingness? – Peter Shor Oct 8 '11 at 13:24
up vote 4 down vote accepted

You could use the word animation, as below.

Default animation: Blinking / Off

share|improve this answer
I feel this is the next best answer after @Fraser's – Karl Knechtel Oct 8 '11 at 6:29

I don't like the answers "constancy" or "stable" they don't convey the essence of the domain you are looking for. Since you are using short phrases rather than fully grammatical sentences what is wrong with:

Default color       --- Red
Default brightness  --- 90%
Default blink       --- Off

You could also use:

Default blink rate  --- 0 for off, 5 for 5 blinks per secs.

It isn't really correct, but it conveys the meaning is spades. In computer user interfaces generally speaking the latter is much more important than the former.

share|improve this answer

Default mode: on/blinking or off

share|improve this answer

The closest match I can think of would be:

Default stable


Default stability

It's not a perfect match, though.

share|improve this answer

Were it me (and I write enough device drivers that it may well be me one day), I'd go with "blink state".

That's only if there are more than two values though. For variables that are described by a boolean state (two possible values), it is typical computer idiom to use a name that is a question, like is_blinking, or a simple (falsifiable) statement like blinking.

share|improve this answer

The best I can think of is constancy.

share|improve this answer
Um, why the downvote? An explanation would be welcome; I wouldn't have suggested the word if I didn't think it might work. – JPmiaou Oct 10 '11 at 16:17

How about blinkability? I'm not sure how grammatically correct it is, but it make sense and is clear.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.