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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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  2. To send or burst forth, as a sudden brilliant light. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  3. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b). Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To cause to act, burst, or appear suddenly; as, to flash a light; to flash a look. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. To cause to flash. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  8. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  10. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. To shine with a sudden, quick, fleeting blaze or light; act, or burst forth, suddenly; gleam. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  12. To break forth, as a sudden light; to break out into intellectual brilliancy; to burst out into violence. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  13. To break forth, as a sudden light. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  14. gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  15. run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  16. appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  17. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal, as of parts of roofs Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  18. To burst or open instantly on the sight; to strike or threw as a burst of light. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  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" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  20. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  21. a momentary brightness Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  22. a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  23. a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  24. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  25. To trick up in a showy manner. Webster Dictionary DB
  26. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning. Webster Dictionary DB
  27. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show. Webster Dictionary DB
  28. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period. Webster Dictionary DB
  29. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors. Webster Dictionary DB
  30. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes. Webster Dictionary DB
  31. A pool. Webster Dictionary DB
  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. Webster Dictionary DB
  33. A sudden, quick, fleeting blaze or light; sudden outburst, as of merriment, wit, or passion; an instant. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  34. A momentary gleam of light; a sudden burst, as of merriment; a short transient state. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  35. Sudden burst of light; gleam; momentary state. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  36. A sudden and transient blaze; gleam; outburst, as of wit, anger, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  37. A moment; instant. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  38. 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. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  39. To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash. Webster Dictionary DB
  40. A sudden but transitory burst of light or flame; a sudden burst, as of wit. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  41. 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" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  42. emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and was gone" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  43. make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  44. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; "flash the roof" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  45. expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  46. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  47. 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. Webster Dictionary DB
  48. Pertaining to thieves or their language; cheap and gaudy; sham; showy. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  49. Vulgarly showy or gaudy, as, a flash dress, a flash style; forged; counterfeit; as, flash notes. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  50. Relating to or connected with thieves or thieves talk; cheap and tawdry; loud. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  51. Showy; sham. Flash language, the language of low rufflans. A flash in the pan, a flash and nothing more. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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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
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