Flash meaning

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To think of or remember something suddenly.

Flashed on that time we got caught in the storm.

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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 burst forth into or as if into flame.
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To move or proceed rapidly.

The cars flashed by.

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To hang up a phone line momentarily, as when using call waiting.
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To expose oneself in an indecent manner.
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To communicate or display at great speed.

Flashed the news to the world capitals.

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To exhibit briefly.
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To hang up (a phone line) momentarily, as when using call waiting.
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To display ostentatiously; flaunt.
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To fill suddenly with water.
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To cover with a thin protective layer.
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A sudden, brief, intense display of light.
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A sudden perception.

A flash of insight.

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A split second; an instant.

I'll be on my way in a flash.

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A brief news dispatch or transmission.
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Gaudy or ostentatious display.
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To give off light or be lighted in sudden or intermittent bursts.
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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.

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To appear or occur suddenly.

The image flashed onto the screen.

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A flashlight.
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The language or cant of thieves, tramps, or underworld figures.
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Happening suddenly or very quickly.

Flash freezing.

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Ostentatious; showy.

A flash car.

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Of or relating to figures of quarterly economic growth released by the government and subject to later revision.
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Of or relating to photography using instantaneous illumination.
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Of or relating to flash memory.
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Of or relating to thieves, swindlers, and underworld figures.
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A trademark for a file format for graphics, audio, and video data, commonly used for transmitting animation over the Internet.
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To send out or reflect a sudden, brief blaze or light, esp. at intervals.
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To sparkle or gleam.

Eyes flashing with anger.

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To speak abruptly, esp. in anger.
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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.

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To expose one's genitals, breasts, etc. briefly and deliberately in public.
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To have a sudden idea, thought, insight, or recollection.
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To send out (light, etc.) in sudden, brief spurts.
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To cause to flash.
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To signal with light or reflected light.
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To send (news, messages, etc.) swiftly or suddenly, as by radio.
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To put flashing on so as to make weatherproof.
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In glassmaking,
  • To put (a colored film of glass) on other glass.
  • To coat with a colored film of glass.
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To show briefly or ostentatiously.

To flash a roll of money.

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To expose (one's genitals, breasts, etc.) briefly and deliberately to (someone)
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To splash or dash (water)
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A sudden, brief display of thought, understanding, feeling, etc.

A flash of wit.

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A brief news report of something that has just happened.
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A gaudy display; showiness.
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A preparation containing burnt sugar, used for coloring liquors.
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A device that produces a brief, illuminating light, used when taking photographs in dim lighting conditions.
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Working with a coordinated flash of light.

A flash camera.

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Designating or of an erasable memory device that retains stored data when power is turned off.
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Quickly, esp. by means of an intense application of some process, as heating or cooling.

Flash-frozen vegetables.

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(1) The most common non-volatile storage technology. See flash memory.
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He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.

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The light flashed on and off.

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To be visible briefly.

The scenery flashed by quickly.

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To make visible briefly.

A number will be flashed on the screen.

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(figuratively) To break forth like a sudden flood of light; to show a momentary brilliance.
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To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.

He flashed a wad of hundred-dollar bills.

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To communicate quickly.

The news services flashed the news about the end of the war to all corners of the globe.

To flash a message along the telephone wires.

To flash conviction on the mind.

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(computing) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
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(intransitive, informal) To expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public briefly.
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(metallurgy) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
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(juggling) To perform a flash.
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To move, or cause to move, suddenly.
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(glassmaking) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different colour.
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To trick up in a showy manner.
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To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
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To telephone a person, only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back.

Susan flashed Jessica, and then Jessica called her back, because Susan didn't have enough credit on her phone to make the call.

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(intransitive, of liquid) To evaporate suddenly. See Flash evaporation.
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(figuratively) A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius.
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(linguistics) A language, created by a minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.
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A very short amount of time.
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Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
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(Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
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(US, colloquial) A flashlight or electric torch.
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(juggling) A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.
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(archaic) A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for colouring liquor to make it look stronger.
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(UK and New Zealand, slang) Expensive-looking and demanding attention; stylish; showy.
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(UK, of a person) Having plenty of ready money.
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(UK, of a person) Liable to show off expensive possessions or money.
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(US, slang) Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.
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(computing, trademark) A popular multimedia platform, most often used for adding animation and interactivity to webpages.
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To make known or signal by flashing lights.
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The pleasurable sensation that accompanies the use of a drug; a rush.
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A brief time; moment.
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That flashes; happening swiftly or suddenly.

A flash warning.

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flash in the pan
  • One that promises great success but fails.
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flash in the pan
  • A person, effort, etc. that is successful or famous for only a short time.
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of flash

  • Middle English flashen to splash variant of flasken of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From the Middle English word flashen (“to splash”), a variant of flasken, which was likely of imitative origin.

    From Wiktionary

  • flash

    From Wiktionary