- The definition of a flash is something quick and intense, often a light or a brief time.
- An example of a flash is a strike of lightning.
- An example of a flash is leaving quickly, going in a flash.
- To flash is defined as to give off a sudden light or to show quickly.
- An example of to flash is for lightning to quickly brighten the sky.
- An example of to flash is to show an image to a study group for two seconds.
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- to send out or reflect a sudden, brief blaze or light, esp. at intervals
- to sparkle or gleam: eyes flashing with anger
- to speak abruptly, esp. in anger: usually with out
- to come, move, or pass swiftly and suddenly; be seen or realized for an instant like a flash of light: an idea flashed through his mind
- Informal to expose one's genitals, breasts, etc. briefly and deliberately in public
- Informal to have a sudden idea, thought, insight, or recollection: usually with on
Origin: Middle English flashen, to splash, sprinkle; of echoic origin, originally
- to send out (light, etc.) in sudden, brief spurts
- to cause to flash
- to signal with light or reflected light
- to send (news, messages, etc.) swiftly or suddenly, as by radio
- to put flashing on so as to make weatherproof
- Informal to show briefly or ostentatiously: to flash a roll of money
- Informal to expose (one's genitals, breasts, etc.) briefly and deliberately to (someone)
- Archaic to splash or dash (water)
- to put (a colored film of glass) on other glass
- to coat with a colored film of glass
- a sudden, brief light
- a sudden burst of flame or heat
- a brief time; moment
- a sudden, brief display of thought, understanding, feeling, etc.: a flash of wit
- ☆ a brief news report of something that has just happened
- a gaudy display; showiness
- a preparation containing burnt sugar, used for coloring liquors
- anything that flashes; specif., an electric light source that gives a brief dazzling light for taking photographs
- a flashlight
- a person very quick or adept at something
- Chiefly Brit., Informal
- flashy; showy; sporty
- of thieves or other social outcasts
- that flashes; happening swiftly or suddenly: a flash warning
- working with a coordinated flash of light: a flash camera
- Comput. designating or of an erasable memory device that retains stored data when power is turned off
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verb flashed, flash·ing, flash·es verb, intransitive
- To burst forth into or as if into flame.
- To give off light or be lighted in sudden or intermittent bursts.
- To appear or occur suddenly: The image flashed onto the screen.
- To move or proceed rapidly: The cars flashed by.
- To hang up a phone line momentarily, as when using call waiting.
- Slang To think of or remember something suddenly: flashed on that time we got caught in the storm.
- Slang To expose oneself in an indecent manner.
- a. To cause (light) to appear suddenly or in intermittent bursts.b. To cause to burst into flame.c. To reflect (light).d. To cause to reflect light from (a surface).
- To make known or signal by flashing lights.
- To communicate or display at great speed: flashed the news to the world capitals.
- To exhibit briefly.
- To hang up (a phone line) momentarily, as when using call waiting.
- To display ostentatiously; flaunt.
- To fill suddenly with water.
- To cover with a thin protective layer.
- A sudden, brief, intense display of light.
- A sudden perception: a flash of insight.
- A split second; an instant: I'll be on my way in a flash.
- A brief news dispatch or transmission.
- Slang Gaudy or ostentatious display: “The antique flash and trash of an older southern California have given way to a sleeker age of cultural hip” (Newsweek).
- A flashlight.
- a. Instantaneous illumination for photography: photograph by flash.b. A device, such as a flashbulb, flashgun, or flash lamp, used to produce such illumination.
- Slang The pleasurable sensation that accompanies the use of a drug; a rush.
- Obsolete The language or cant of thieves, tramps, or underworld figures.
- Happening suddenly or very quickly: flash freezing.
- Slang Ostentatious; showy: a flash car.
- Of or relating to figures of quarterly economic growth released by the government and subject to later revision.
- Of or relating to photography using instantaneous illumination.
- Of or relating to thieves, swindlers, and underworld figures.
Origin: Middle English flashen, to splash, variant of flasken, of imitative origin.
flash - Computer Definition
(1) The most common non-volatile storage technology. See flash memory.
(2) A telephone button. See flash button.
(3) An extremely popular multimedia authoring and playback system from Adobe. Flash is used for most of the animated ads and video clips on Web sites, and Flash Lite is a version for mobile phones. Created in authoring applications, such as Flash MX and Flash Professional, Flash animations are viewed in any computer that has the Adobe Flash Player installed. Flash animations support space-efficient vector images, which download quickly; a feature that helped catapult Flash to success when dial-up access was the norm (see vector graphics). Animations Are Choreographed To create an animation, the Flash designer imports graphics, sound and video elements created in other applications, places them on sequential timelines and defines their interaction. The timelines and elements are saved in an .FLA source file and published to an .SWF file for playback (see SWF). Flash Movies: Animations and Video Flash also provides a video format that uses the .FLV extension. Although animations in Flash (SWFs) are technically "Flash movies," and videos in Flash (FLVs) are "Flash videos," both are called "Flash movies." SWF files may contain some video, but FLV files are all video. See Flash video. Flash Applications As of Flash Version 5, Flash became fully programmable, enabling the creation of interactive Web-based applications (see Flex). Flash was created by Macromedia and introduced in 1996. In 2005, Adobe acquired the company.
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flash in the pan
Etymology: orig. of ineffectual flash of powder in a pan of a flintlock
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