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

Usage examples for flash

  1. In a flash he understood her very clearly. – The Promise of Air by Algernon Blackwood
  2. Toby shot him a swift and nervous glance that was like a flash of blue flame. – Charles Rex by Ethel M. Dell
  3. Junie's arms were about her in a flash, and Susy grasped them in burning fingers. – The Glimpses of the Moon by Edith Wharton
  4. 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
  5. 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
  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. 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
  8. In a flash Val caught his meaning. – Ralestone Luck by Andre Norton
  9. Still, there was for a second a little flash in her pale blue eyes. – The Cattle-Baron's Daughter by Harold Bindloss
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. Then came an answering flash. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  13. Dolly looked up, and her eyes met the flash of the young man's two wild burning eyes. – Old Kensington by Miss Thackeray
  14. Tell him so," came the answer, quick as a flash. – The Lion and the Mouse A Story of an American Life by Charles Klein
  15. 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
  16. If this point is passed, the dark eyes can flash. – Lotus Buds by Amy Carmichael
  17. Before he could speak he felt the flash of her eyes in his eyes. – Man and Wife by Wilkie Collins
  18. 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
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