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Definition of "flash" []

  • To burst forth into or as if into flame. (verb-intransitive)
  • To give off light or be lighted in sudden or intermittent bursts. (verb-intransitive)
  • To appear or occur suddenly: The image flashed onto the screen. (verb-intransitive)
  • To move or proceed rapidly: The cars flashed by. (verb-intransitive)
  • To hang up a phone line momentarily, as when using call waiting. (verb-intransitive)
  • A sudden short blaze of intense light or flame (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A sudden occurrence or display, esp one suggestive of brilliance (noun)
  • A very brief space of time (noun)
  • An ostentatious display (noun)
  • A short news announcement concerning a new event (noun)
  • An insignia or emblem worn on a uniform, vehicle, etc, to identify its military formation (noun)
  • A patch of bright colour on a dark background, such as light marking on an animal (noun)
  • A volatile mixture of inorganic salts used to produce a glaze on bricks or tiles (noun)
  • A sudden rush of water down a river or watercourse (noun)
  • A device, such as a sluice, for producing such a rush (noun)
  • A ridge of thin metal or plastic formed on a moulded object by the extrusion of excess material between dies (noun)
  • A pond, esp one produced as a consequence of subsidence (noun)
  • Involving, using, or produced by a flash of heat, light, etc (noun)
  • Ostentatious or vulgar (adjective)
  • Of or relating to gamblers and followers of boxing and racing (adjective)
  • Sham or counterfeit (adjective)
  • Relating to or characteristic of the criminal underworld (adjective)
  • Brief and rapid (adjective)
  • To burst or cause to burst suddenly or intermittently into flame (verb)
  • To emit or reflect or cause to emit or reflect light suddenly or intermittently (verb)
  • To move very fast (verb)
  • To come rapidly (into the mind or vision) (verb)
  • To appear like a sudden light (verb)
  • To signal or communicate very fast (verb)
  • To signal by use of a light, such as car headlights (verb)
  • To display ostentatiously (verb)
  • To show suddenly and briefly (verb)
  • To expose oneself indecently (verb)
  • To cover (a roof) with flashing (verb)
  • To send a sudden rush of water down (a river, etc), or to carry (a vessel) down by this method (verb)
  • (in the making of glass) to coat (glass) with a thin layer of glass of a different colour (verb)
  • To subject to a brief pulse of heat or radiation (verb)
  • To change (a liquid) to a gas by causing it to hit a hot surface (verb)
  • To splash or dash (water) (verb)

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Use "flash" in a sentence
  • "Aye! yet something whispered that the flash carried a meaning, was, indeed, a spark from that mightier _flash of arms_ that would, ere long, blaze out at the very mention of that name."
  • "The report of the rifle was magical in its effect upon the Basuto ponies, each rearing up on its hind legs and striking out with its forefeet; but the same punishment was meted out by the riders -- namely, a sharp tap between the ears with the barrels of the rifles -- and the result was that beyond fidgeting they stood fairly still, while _flash, flash, flash_, three more shots were fired."
  • "Now the darkness was cut by a bright flash of light right in front; there was the sharp crack of a rifle, and right and left _flash, crack, flash, crack_, ran along a line."