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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.
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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