Definitions for: Flash


[n] a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
[n] a momentary brightness
[n] a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition"
[n] a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
[n] a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
[n] a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning"
[n] a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
[n] a very short time (as the time it takes to blink once); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
[adj] tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
[v] make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
[v] appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"
[v] emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and was gone."
[v] protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal, as of parts of roofs
[v] run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard"
[v] expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill"
[v] display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
[v] gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"



Webster (1913) Definition: Flash, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flashed; p. pr. & vb. n.
Flashing.] [Cf. OE. flaskien, vlaskien to pour, sprinkle,
dial. Sw. flasa to blaze, E. flush, flare.]
1. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood
of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the
powder flashed.

2. 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.

Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch
words of unnumbered struggles. --Talfourd.

The object is made to flash upon the eye of the
mind. --M. Arnold.

A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in
act. --Tennyson.

3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out
violently; to rush hastily.

Every hour He flashes into one gross crime or other.
--Shak.

To flash in the pan, to fail of success. [Colloq.] See
under Flash, a burst of light. --Bartlett.

Syn: Flash, Glitter, Gleam, Glisten, Glister.

Usage: Flash differs from glitter and gleam, denoting a flood
or wide extent of light. The latter words may express
the issuing of light from a small object, or from a
pencil of rays. Flash differs from other words, also,
in denoting suddenness of appearance and
disappearance. Flashing differs from exploding or
disploding in not being accompanied with a loud
report. To glisten, or glister, is to shine with a
soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears,
or flowers wet with dew.


Flash, v. t.
1. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with
sudden flame or light.

The chariot of paternal Deity, Flashing thick
flames. --Milton.

2. 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.

3. (Glass Making) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of
glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n.,
3
(b) .

4. To trick up in a showy manner.

Limning and flashing it with various dyes. --A.
Brewer.

5. [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash,
splash.] To strike and throw up large bodies of water from
the surface; to splash. [Obs.]

He rudely flashed the waves about. --Spenser.

Flashed glass. See Flashing, n., 3.


Flash, n.; pl. Flashes.
1. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously
appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash
of lightning.

2. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a
momentary brightness or show.

The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. --Shak.

No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy. --Wirt.

3. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a
very brief period.

The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash.
--Bacon.

4. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring
and giving a fictious strength to liquors.

Flash light, or Flashing light, a kind of light shown by
lighthouses, produced by the revolution of reflectors, so
as to show a flash of light every few seconds, alternating
with periods of dimness. --Knight.

Flash in the pan, the flashing of the priming in the pan of
a flintlock musket without discharging the piece; hence,
sudden, spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing.


Flash, a.
1. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar;
as, flash jewelry; flash finery.



2. 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.

Flash house, a house frequented by flash people, as thieves
and whores; hence, a brothel. ``A gang of footpads,
reveling with their favorite beauties at a flash house.''
--Macaulay.


Flash, n.
Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.


Flash, n. [OE. flasche, flaske; cf. OF. flache, F.
flaque.]
1. A pool. [Prov. Eng.] --Haliwell.

2. (Engineering) 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.

Flash wheel (Mech.), a paddle wheel made to revolve in a
breast or curved water way, by which water is lifted from
the lower to the higher level.

Synonyms: blink, blink of an eye, brassy, cheap, dart, dash, flare, flash lamp, flashbulb, flashgun, flashing, flashy, flaunt, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, in poor taste(p), instant, jiffy, loud, meretricious, New York minute, news bulletin, newsflash, ostentate, photoflash, scoot, scud, shoot, show off, split second, swank, tacky, tasteless, tatty, tawdry, trashy, trice, twinkle, twinkling, wink, wink, winkle

See Also: appear, belt along, Bengal light, bit, brainstorm, brainwave, brightness, bucket along, bulletin, cannonball along, convey, coruscation, cover, cut back, display, emit light, exhibit, experience, expose, flash back, flash camera, flick, flicker, flicker, gleam, gleaming, glimmer, glint, glitter, happening, hasten, heat flash, hie, hotfoot, impart, insight, lamp, lightning, minute, moment, natural event, occurrence, pelt along, photographic equipment, plunge, race, radiate, rush, rush along, second, show, spark, sparkle, speed, splurge, star shell, streak, Very light, visual signal

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