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Definitions of flash

  1. gleam or glow intermittently; " The lights were flashing"
  2. a very short time ( as the time it takes to blink once); " if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
  3. tastelessly showy; " a flash car"; " a flashy ring"; " garish colors"; " a gaudy costume"; " loud sport shirts"; " a meretricious yet stylish book"; " tawdry ornaments"
  4. run or move very quickly or hastily; " She dashed into the yard"
  5. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
  6. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
  7. a momentary brightness
  8. a sudden brilliant understanding; " he had a flash of intuition"
  9. a short news announcement concerning some on- going news story
  10. a short vivid experience; " a flash of emotion swept over him"; " the flashings of pain were a warning"
  11. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  12. appear briefly; " The headlines flashed on the screen"
  13. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal, as of parts of roofs
  14. 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"
  15. a very short time ( as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); " if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
  16. emit a brief burst of light; " A shooting star flashed and was gone"
  17. make known or cause to appear with great speed; " The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
  18. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; " flash the roof"
  19. expose or show briefly; " he flashed a $ 100 bill"
  20. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; " he showed off his new sports car"
  21. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
  22. 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.
  23. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
  24. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
  25. 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.
  26. To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 ( b).
  27. To trick up in a showy manner.
  28. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning.
  29. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show.
  30. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period.
  31. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors.
  32. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery.
  33. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
  34. A pool.
  35. 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.
  36. 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.
  37. A sudden, quick, fleeting blaze or light; sudden outburst, as of merriment, wit, or passion; an instant.
  38. To cause to act, burst, or appear suddenly; as, to flash a light; to flash a look.
  39. To shine with a sudden, quick, fleeting blaze or light; act, or burst forth, suddenly; gleam.
  40. Pertaining to thieves or their language; cheap and gaudy; sham; showy.
  41. A momentary gleam of light; a sudden burst, as of merriment; a short transient state.
  42. To break forth, as a sudden light; to break out into intellectual brilliancy; to burst out into violence.
  43. To cause to flash.
  44. Vulgarly showy or gaudy, as, a flash dress, a flash style; forged; counterfeit; as, flash notes.
  45. Sudden burst of light; gleam; momentary state.
  46. To break forth, as a sudden light.
  47. To send or burst forth, as a sudden brilliant light.
  48. Relating to or connected with thieves or thieves talk; cheap and tawdry; loud.
  49. A sudden and transient blaze; gleam; outburst, as of wit, anger, etc.
  50. A moment; instant.
  51. Showy; sham. Flash language, the language of low rufflans. A flash in the pan, a flash and nothing more.
  52. 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.
  53. 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.
  54. To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
  55. A sudden but transitory burst of light or flame; a sudden burst, as of wit.
  56. To burst or open instantly on the sight; to strike or threw as a burst of light.
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Usage examples for flash

  1. Before he could speak he felt the flash of her eyes in his eyes. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  2. This was like her, and that was like her, and here and there a phrase gave him the very play of her mouth, the flash of her eyes. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. Still, there was for a second a little flash in her pale blue eyes. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  4. Toby shot him a swift and nervous glance that was like a flash of blue flame. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  5. Once again did the wonderful story he had been reading flash before his mind. – The Chums of Scranton High at Ice Hockey by Donald Ferguson
  6. The reply came like a flash of lightning. – The Reign of Law A Tale of the Kentucky Hemp Fields by James Lane Allen
  7. Then came an answering flash – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  8. But you flash out on the point of honour. – The Rough Road by William John Locke
  9. In a flash Val caught his meaning. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  10. In a flash it came to him why Peter Gross had said: " I hope Enckel doesn't know we're here." – The Argus Pheasant by John Charles Beecham
  11. The news brought him a flash of inspiration: " Here is the highest, strongest, best man in all England, and him shall Goldborough wed. – Hero-Myths & Legends of the British Race by Maud Isabel Ebbutt
  12. Junie's arms were about her in a flash and Susy grasped them in burning fingers. – The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
  13. Tell him so," came the answer, quick as a flash – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  14. She felt a flash of rage. – Bedside Manner by William Morrison
  15. Dolly looked up, and her eyes met the flash of the young man's two wild burning eyes. – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  16. In a flash he understood her very clearly. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  17. If this point is passed, the dark eyes can flash – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  18. We sat at the window and watched flash after flash some in the streets, some on the hill- side, and some apparently from the windows. – A Prisoner in Turkey by John Still
  19. And Brownie wished that the flash light would hurry and go off before the tree fell. – The Tale of Brownie Beaver by Arthur Scott Bailey
  20. Like a flash she saw Kenneth just as he was, a strong, brave, true man, for whom she felt a warm friendship, but whom she knew she never could love. – Patty's Suitors by Carolyn Wells
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