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Definition of Flash


  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.
  3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
  4. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
  5. 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.
  6. To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b).
  7. To trick up in a showy manner.
  8. To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
  9. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning.
  10. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show.
  11. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period.
  12. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors.
  13. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery.
  14. 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.
  15. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
  16. A pool.
  17. 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 Quotations

In a time not distant, it will be possible to flash any image formed in thought on a screen and render it visible at any place desired. The perfection of this means of reading thought will create a revolution for the better in all our social relations.
Nikola Tesla

Ideas do not always come in a flash but by diligent trial-and-error experiments that take time and thought.
Charles K. Kao

Here's a news flash: No soldier gives his life. That's not the way it works. Most soldiers who make a conscious decision to place themselves in harm's way do it to protect their buddies. They do it because of the bonds of friendship - and it goes so much deeper than friendship.
Eric Massa

People called rock & roll 'African music.' They called it 'voodoo music.' They said that it would drive the kids insane. They said that it was just a flash in the pan - the same thing that they always used to say about hip-hop.
Little Richard

My mind withdrew its thoughts from experience, extracting itself from the contradictory throng of sensuous images, that it might find out what that light was wherein it was bathed... And thus, with the flash of one hurried glance, it attained to the vision of That Which Is.
Saint Augustine
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Flash Translations

flash in Dutch is flitsen, flikkeren, gloren
flash in French is clignoter, flash
flash in German is blinken, Blitz, aufleuchten, aufblitzen
flash in Italian is fulmine, scintillare
flash in Latin is mico
flash in Norwegian is blink, glimt, blinke
flash in Spanish is centella, lanzar destellos, llamarada
flash in Swedish is ljunga, blixt, blixtra
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