Definitions of flash

  1. To break or burst forth, as a sudden gleam of light; to burst out violently; to pass like a flash; to gleam with a flash.
  2. To send or burst forth, as a sudden brilliant light.
  3. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
  4. To convey as by a flash; to light up, as by a sudden flame or light; as, to flash a message along the wires; to flash conviction on the mind.
  5. To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 ( b).
  6. To cause to act, burst, or appear suddenly; as, to flash a light; to flash a look.
  7. To cause to flash.
  8. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
  9. To break forth, as a sudden flood of light; to burst instantly and brightly on the sight; to show a momentary brilliancy; to come or pass like a flash.
  10. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
  11. To shine with a sudden, quick, fleeting blaze or light; act, or burst forth, suddenly; gleam.
  12. To break forth, as a sudden light; to break out into intellectual brilliancy; to burst out into violence.
  13. To break forth, as a sudden light.
  14. gleam or glow intermittently; " The lights were flashing"
  15. run or move very quickly or hastily; " She dashed into the yard"
  16. appear briefly; " The headlines flashed on the screen"
  17. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal, as of parts of roofs
  18. To burst or open instantly on the sight; to strike or threw as a burst of light.
  19. a very short time ( as the time it takes to blink once); " if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
  20. a momentary brightness
  21. a sudden brilliant understanding; " he had a flash of intuition"
  22. a short news announcement concerning some on- going news story
  23. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  24. To trick up in a showy manner.
  25. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning.
  26. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show.
  27. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period.
  28. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors.
  29. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
  30. A pool.
  31. A reservoir and sluiceway beside a navigable stream, just above a shoal, so that the stream may pour in water as boats pass, and thus bear them over the shoal.
  32. A sudden, quick, fleeting blaze or light; sudden outburst, as of merriment, wit, or passion; an instant.
  33. A momentary gleam of light; a sudden burst, as of merriment; a short transient state.
  34. Sudden burst of light; gleam; momentary state.
  35. A sudden and transient blaze; gleam; outburst, as of wit, anger, etc.
  36. A moment; instant.
  37. A sudden momentary outburst of light; a sudden burst, as of wit or merriment; a short transient state; a body of water driven by violence; slang language; a preparation used for colouring rum and brandy, made from burnt sugar and an extract of cayenne pepper; a flashe.
  38. To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
  39. A sudden but transitory burst of light or flame; a sudden burst, as of wit.
  40. a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification; " red flashes adorned the airplane"; " a flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to"
  41. emit a brief burst of light; " A shooting star flashed and was gone"
  42. make known or cause to appear with great speed; " The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
  43. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; " flash the roof"
  44. expose or show briefly; " he flashed a $ 100 bill"
  45. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; " he showed off his new sports car"
  46. Wearing showy, counterfeit ornaments; vulgarly pretentious; as, flash people; flash men or women; - applied especially to thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes that dress in a showy way and wear much cheap jewelry.
  47. Pertaining to thieves or their language; cheap and gaudy; sham; showy.
  48. Vulgarly showy or gaudy, as, a flash dress, a flash style; forged; counterfeit; as, flash notes.
  49. Relating to or connected with thieves or thieves talk; cheap and tawdry; loud.
  50. Showy; sham. Flash language, the language of low rufflans. A flash in the pan, a flash and nothing more.