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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

At some point, a flash of sustained clarity reveals the difference between what someone would have you believe is true, and what you know from the depths of your own heart to the peaks of your soul to be true. What happens after that is up to you.

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

My absolute favorite growing up was 'Super Friends.' The assemblage of so many mighty heroes in one place was, to me, mind-blowing. It was Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, the Flash, Aquaman, and then sometimes Hawkman and some other, lesser heroes.
Michael Ian Black

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
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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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