Definition of Flash

1. Noun. A sudden intense burst of radiant energy.

2. Verb. Gleam or glow intermittently. "The horizon is flashing with lights"; "The lights were flashing"
Exact synonyms: Blink, Twinkle, Wink, Winkle
Specialized synonyms: Flick, Flicker
Generic synonyms: Radiate
Derivative terms: Blinker, Blinker, Flasher, Twinkle, Twinkler

3. Adjective. Tastelessly showy. "Tawdry ornaments"

4. Noun. A momentary brightness.
Generic synonyms: Brightness

5. Verb. Appear briefly. "The headlines flashed on the screen"
Generic synonyms: Appear
Derivative terms: Flashing

6. Noun. A short vivid experience. "The flashings of pain were a warning"
Exact synonyms: Flashing
Generic synonyms: Experience

7. Verb. Display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously. "He showed off his new sports car"
Exact synonyms: Flaunt, Ostentate, Show Off, Swank
Generic synonyms: Display, Exhibit, Expose
Specialized synonyms: Flex, Splurge
Derivative terms: Flaunt, Ostentation, Ostentation, Show-off

8. Noun. A sudden brilliant understanding. "He had a flash of intuition"
Generic synonyms: Brainstorm, Brainwave, Insight

9. Verb. Make known or cause to appear with great speed. "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
Generic synonyms: Convey

10. Noun. A very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat). "If I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

11. Verb. Run or move very quickly or hastily. "She dashed into the yard"
Exact synonyms: Dart, Dash, Scoot, Scud, Shoot
Specialized synonyms: Plunge
Related verbs: Buck, Charge, Shoot, Shoot Down, Tear
Generic synonyms: Belt Along, Bucket Along, Cannonball Along, Hasten, Hie, Hotfoot, Pelt Along, Race, Rush, Rush Along, Speed, Step On It
Derivative terms: Dart, Dash, Dash, Scooter, Scooter, Scooter, Scooter
Also: Flash Back

12. Noun. A gaudy outward display.
Exact synonyms: Fanfare, Ostentation
Generic synonyms: Display
Specialized synonyms: Bluster, Bravado, Exhibitionism, Ritz, Splurge, Pedantry
Derivative terms: Flashy, Ostentate, Ostentatious

13. Verb. Expose or show briefly. "He flashed a $100 bill"
Generic synonyms: Show
Derivative terms: Flasher

14. Noun. A burst of light used to communicate or illuminate.
Exact synonyms: Flare
Generic synonyms: Visual Signal
Specialized synonyms: Star Shell, Bengal Light, Very Light, Very-light

15. Verb. Protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal. "Flash the roof"
Generic synonyms: Cover

16. Noun. A short news announcement concerning some on-going news story.
Exact synonyms: News Bulletin, Newsbreak, Newsflash
Generic synonyms: Bulletin

17. Verb. Emit a brief burst of light. "A shooting star flashed and was gone"
Generic synonyms: Appear
Derivative terms: Flasher, Flasher

18. Noun. A bright patch of color used for decoration or identification. "A flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to"
Generic synonyms: Patch

19. Noun. A lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph.
Exact synonyms: Flash Bulb, Flash Lamp, Flashbulb, Flashgun, Photoflash
Group relationships: Flash Camera
Generic synonyms: Lamp, Photographic Equipment

Definition of Flash

1. v. i. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.

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

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

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

5. n. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.

6. n. A pool.

Definition of Flash

1. Proper noun. (computing trademark) A popular multimedia platform, most often used for adding animation and interactivity to webpages. ¹

2. Verb. To briefly illuminate a scene. ¹

3. Verb. To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently. ¹

4. Verb. To be visible briefly. ¹

5. Verb. To make visible briefly. ¹

6. Verb. To flaunt; to display in a showy manner. ¹

7. Verb. To communicate quickly. ¹

8. Verb. (computing) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge. ¹

9. Verb. (ambitransitive informal) To expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public briefly. ¹

10. Verb. (metallurgy) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel. ¹

11. Verb. (context: juggling) to perform a flash. ¹

12. Verb. To move, or cause to move, suddenly ¹

13. Noun. A sudden, short, temporary burst of light. ¹

14. Noun. (linguistics) A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics. ¹

15. Noun. A very short amount of time. ¹

16. Noun. Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould. ¹

17. Noun. (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders. ¹

18. Noun. (juggling) A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once. ¹

19. Adjective. (British and New Zealand slang) Expensive looking and attention worthy; stylish. ¹

20. Adjective. (UK of a person) Having plenty of ready money ¹

21. Adjective. (US slang) Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously. ¹

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Definition of Flash

1. to send forth a sudden burst of light [v -ED, -ING, -ES]

Medical Definition of Flash

1. 1. A pool. 2. 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, 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. Origin: OE. Flasche, flaske; cf. OF. Flache, F. Flaque. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Flash

flared teeth
flash back
flash blindness
flash bulb
flash burn
flash camera
flash card
flash cards
flash dispersal
flash drive

Literary usage of Flash

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1. Standard Methods of Chemical Analysis: A Manual of Analytical Methods and by Wilfred Welday Scott (1922)
"The flash-point procedure is used primarily for determining the adaptability ... A number of flash-point testers have been proposed, of wliich the following ..."

2. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1887)
"3.43J Brilliant flash N. Thunder in 17 seconds. Continuous rumblings. 3.44 Brilliant flash in NE. Thunder in 12 seconds. Very loud. thunder. ..."

3. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1890)
"reality—not the flash itself, but the optically projected image of the flash formed on clouds. But why should the projection flash be in angular zigzags ? ..."

4. The Bibliographer's Manual of English Literature: Containing an Account of by William Thomas Lowndes (1861)
"Life's Painter of Variegated characters, with a Dictionary of Cant Language and flash Songs, &c. Lond. 1789, Svo. with a portrait. ..."

5. Science by American Association for the Advancement of Science (1919)
"In general a location either by sound or by flash which had been rated "fair" when reported to the artillery was found on survey to have been within the ..."

6. Library of Southern Literature by Edwin Anderson Alderman, Joel Chandler Harris, Charles William Kent (1909)
"HENRY LYNDEN flash [1835- ] CLARENCE OUSLEY \\THILE Edmund Clarence Stedman has ... When flash said, "The South prefers potatoes to poetry," and turned his ..."

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