- To briefly illuminate a scene.
- He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.
- To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
- The light flashed on and off.
- To be visible briefly.
- The scenery flashed by quickly.
- To make visible briefly.
- A number will be flashed on the screen.
- (computing) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
- (ambitransitive, informal) To expose one's naked body, or part of it, in public briefly.
- (metallurgy) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
- (juggling) to perform a flash.
- To move, or cause to move, suddenly
- 2011 Jonathan Stevenson West Ham 2 - 1 Birmingham
- But they survived some real pressure as David Murphy flashed a header inches wide of Rob Green's right-hand post...
- (to briefly illuminate): glint
- flush (possibly)
NounFlash (plural flashes)
- A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
- (linguistics) A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.
- A very short amount of time.
- 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
- Quick—something must be done! done in a flash, too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention.
- 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,
- Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
- (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
- (juggling) A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.
- (sudden, short, temporary burst of light): gleam, glint
- (material left around the egde of a mould): moulding flash, molding flash
- (very short amount of time): aeon
- (sudden, short, temporary burst of light): light
- camera flash
- flash flood
- flash in the pan
- flash memory
- flash photography
- flash point
- in a flash
- quick as a flash
- (UK and New Zealand, slang) Expensive looking and attention worthy; stylish.
- (UK, of a person) Having plenty of ready money
Adjectives for Flash
incessant; vicious; simultaneous (pi); continual (pi); temporary; vivid; rapid; illuminating; serpentine; forked; lurid; brilliant; sardonic; momentary; fiery; intellectual; blinding; deafening; free; intolerable; luminous; long-lingering; quick; eager; impetuous; sulphurous; flambeaux; electric; astonishing; meteoric; rhythmic; quivering; kaleidoscopic; sublime; downward; opalescent; white; clean-cut; fitful.
Verbs for Flash
create—; criticize—; develop into—; dis¬close—; display—; fire—; produce—; re¬bound in—; repeat—; ridicule—; shoot—; strike with—; wait for—; —appears; — arouses; —astounds; —attracts; —blazes; —bursts; —directs; —displays; —disturbs; —exposes; —flares; —flaunts; —flouts; — gleams; —ignites; —illumines; —indicates; —occurs; —passes over; —relinquishes; — reveals; —signals; —spurts; —vanishes; — violates,
Adverbs for Flash
briefly; brilliantly; gloriously; vindictively; instantaneously; irresistibly; fiercely; restlessly; intermittently; radiantly; lambently; simultaneously; serpenrinely; luridly; electrically; meteorically; kaleidoscopically; opalescently; fitfully.
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- The translations below need to be checked.
- “Flash” in the Online Etymology Dictionary, Douglas Harper, 2001
- For the sense ‘a short period of time’, the 1858 Notes and Queries of Martim de Albuquerque was consulted. From page 437 of the sixth volume of the second series, published in London by Bell & Dally, 186 Fleet Street, in 1858 :
- Ought we not to collect for posterity the various ways in which very short times are denoted. Besides the one at the head, there are, — in no time, in next to no time, in less than no time, in a trice, in a jiffy, in a brace of shakes, before you can say Jack Robinson, in a crack, in the squeezing of a lemon, in the doubling of your fist, in the twinkling of an eye, in a moment, in an instant, in a flash.
Flash m. (plural Flashs)