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flash (flæʃ Pronunciation for flash



  1. a sudden short blaze of intense light or flame   ⇒ a flash of sunlight
  2. a sudden occurrence or display, esp one suggestive of brilliance   ⇒ a flash of understanding
  3. a very brief space of time   ⇒ over in a flash
  4. an ostentatious display   ⇒ a flash of her diamonds
  5. Also called: newsflash. a short news announcement concerning a new event
  6. Also called: patch (mainly British) an insignia or emblem worn on a uniform, vehicle, etc, to identify its military formation
  7. a patch of bright colour on a dark background, such as light marking on an animal
  8. a volatile mixture of inorganic salts used to produce a glaze on bricks or tiles
    1. a sudden rush of water down a river or watercourse
    2. a device, such as a sluice, for producing such a rush
  9. (photography, informal) short for flashlight (sense 2), flash photography
  10. a ridge of thin metal or plastic formed on a moulded object by the extrusion of excess material between dies
  11. (Yorkshire & Lancashire, dialect) a pond, esp one produced as a consequence of subsidence
  12. (modifier) involving, using, or produced by a flash of heat, light, etc   ⇒ flash blindness, flash distillation
  13. See flash in the pan


  1. (informal) ostentatious or vulgar
  2. (informal) of or relating to gamblers and followers of boxing and racing
  3. sham or counterfeit
  4. (informal) relating to or characteristic of the criminal underworld
  5. brief and rapid   ⇒ flash freezing


  1. to burst or cause to burst suddenly or intermittently into flame
  2. to emit or reflect or cause to emit or reflect light suddenly or intermittently
  3. (intransitive) to move very fast   ⇒ he flashed by on his bicycle
  4. (intransitive) to come rapidly (into the mind or vision)
  5. (intransitive; followed by out or up) to appear like a sudden light   ⇒ his anger really flashes out at times
    1. to signal or communicate very fast   ⇒ to flash a message
    2. to signal by use of a light, such as car headlights
  6. (transitive) (informal) to display ostentatiously   ⇒ to flash money around
  7. (transitive) (informal) to show suddenly and briefly
  8. (intransitive) (British, slang) to expose oneself indecently
  9. (transitive) to cover (a roof) with flashing
  10. to send a sudden rush of water down (a river, etc), or to carry (a vessel) down by this method
  11. (in the making of glass) to coat (glass) with a thin layer of glass of a different colour
  12. (transitive) to subject to a brief pulse of heat or radiation
  13. (transitive) to change (a liquid) to a gas by causing it to hit a hot surface
  14. (obsolete) to splash or dash (water)

Word Origin

C14 (in the sense: to rush, as of water): of unknown origin

Translations for 'flash'

  • British English: flashPronunciation for flash A flash of light is a sudden, short burst of it....a sudden flash of lightning.flæʃ NOUN
  • Arabic: وَمِيضPronunciation for وَمِيض
  • Brazilian Portuguese: clarãoPronunciation for clarão
  • Chinese: 闪光Pronunciation for 闪光
  • Croatian: bljesakPronunciation for bljesak
  • Czech: zábleskPronunciation for záblesk
  • Danish: glimtPronunciation for glimt
  • Dutch: flitsPronunciation for flits
  • European Spanish: destelloPronunciation for destello
  • Finnish: välähdysPronunciation for välähdys
  • French: éclairPronunciation for éclairlumière
  • German: AufblitzenPronunciation for Aufblitzen
  • Greek: αναλαμπήPronunciation for αναλαμπή
  • Italian: lampoPronunciation for lampo
  • Japanese: 閃光Pronunciation for 閃光
  • Korean: 섬광Pronunciation for 섬광
  • Norwegian: lynglimtPronunciation for lynglimt
  • Polish: błyskPronunciation for błysk
  • Portuguese: clarãoPronunciation for clarão
  • Romanian: scânteiere scânteieri
  • Russian: вспышкаPronunciation for вспышка
  • Spanish: destelloPronunciation for destello
  • Swedish: blixtPronunciation for blixt
  • Thai: แสงวาบPronunciation for แสงวาบ
  • Turkish: flaşPronunciation for flaş
  • Ukrainian: спалах
  • Vietnamese: ánh chớpPronunciation for ánh chớp
  • British English: flashPronunciation for flash If a light flashes, or if you flash a light, it shines brightly and suddenly.Lightning flashed among the dark clouds.He lost his temper when a driver flashed her lights at him.flæʃ VERB
  • Arabic: يـَومِضُPronunciation for يـَومِضُ
  • Brazilian Portuguese: brilharPronunciation for brilhar
  • Chinese: 闪光Pronunciation for 闪光
  • Croatian: bljesnutiPronunciation for bljesnuti
  • Czech: vzplanoutPronunciation for vzplanout
  • Danish: blinkePronunciation for blinke
  • Dutch: flitsenPronunciation for flitsen
  • European Spanish: destellarPronunciation for destellar
  • Finnish: leimahtaaPronunciation for leimahtaa
  • French: clignoterPronunciation for clignoter
  • German: aufleuchtenPronunciation for aufleuchten
  • Greek: αστράφτωPronunciation for αστράφτω
  • Italian: lampeggiarePronunciation for lampeggiare
  • Japanese: パッと発火するPronunciation for パッと発火する
  • Korean: 번쩍이다Pronunciation for 번쩍이다
  • Norwegian: lynePronunciation for lyne
  • Polish: błysnąćPronunciation for błysnąć błyskać
  • Portuguese: brilharPronunciation for brilhar
  • Romanian: a străluci
  • Russian: вспыхиватьPronunciation for вспыхивать
  • Spanish: destellarPronunciation for destellar
  • Swedish: lysa tillPronunciation for lysa till
  • Thai: ส่องแสงวาบขึ้นมาPronunciation for ส่องแสงวาบขึ้นมา
  • Turkish: parlamakPronunciation for parlamak
  • Ukrainian: спалахувати
  • Vietnamese: nháy sángPronunciation for nháy sáng

Example Sentences Including 'flash'

A flash of old resentment flooded to the surface to replace his sense of discomfort.
Stuart Harrison LOST SUMMER (2002)
The momentary flash of apprehension in her eyes had betrayed her.
Mark Mills AMAGANSETT (2004)
One member of the party, who shall remain nameless, experienced a quick flash of sexiness momentarily overtaking their fear.


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