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English Dictionary: flash by the DICT Development Group
9 results for flash
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
    Synonym(s): brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
  1. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  2. a momentary brightness
  3. a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning"
    Synonym(s): flash, flashing
  4. a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition"
  5. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
    Synonym(s): blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute
  6. a gaudy outward display
    Synonym(s): ostentation, fanfare, flash
  7. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
    Synonym(s): flare, flash
  8. a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
    Synonym(s): news bulletin, newsflash, flash, newsbreak
  9. a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification; "red flashes adorned the airplane"; "a flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to"
  10. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
    Synonym(s): flash, photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun, flashbulb, flash bulb
  1. gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
    Synonym(s): flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkle
  2. appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"
  3. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car"
    Synonym(s): flaunt, flash, show off, ostentate, swank
  4. make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
  5. run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard"
    Synonym(s): dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shoot
  6. expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill"
  7. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; "flash the roof"
  8. emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and was gone"
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flash \Flash\, a.
      1. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar;
            as, flash jewelry; flash finery.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flash \Flash\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flashed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
      {Flashing}.] [Cf. OE. flaskien, vlaskien to pour, sprinkle,
      dial. Sw. flasa to blaze, E. flush, flare.]
      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.
                     Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch
                     words of unnumbered struggles.            --Talfourd.
                     The object is made to flash upon the eye of the
                     mind.                                                --M. Arnold.
                     A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in
                     act.                                                   --Tennyson.
      3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out
            violently; to rush hastily.
                     Every hour He flashes into one gross crime or other.
      {To flash in the pan}, to fail of success. [Colloq.] See
            under {Flash}, a burst of light. --Bartlett.
      Syn: {Flash}, {Glitter}, {Gleam}, {Glisten}, {Glister}.
      Usage: Flash differs from glitter and gleam, denoting a flood
                  or wide extent of light. The latter words may express
                  the issuing of light from a small object, or from a
                  pencil of rays. Flash differs from other words, also,
                  in denoting suddenness of appearance and
                  disappearance. Flashing differs from exploding or
                  disploding in not being accompanied with a loud
                  report. To glisten, or glister, is to shine with a
                  soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears,
                  or flowers wet with dew.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flash \Flash\, n.
      Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flash \Flash\, n. [OE. flasche, flaske; cf. OF. flache, F.
      1. A pool. [Prov. Eng.] --Haliwell.
      2. (Engineering) 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 wheel} (Mech.), a paddle wheel made to revolve in a
            breast or curved water way, by which water is lifted from
            the lower to the higher level.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flash \Flash\, n.; pl. {Flashes}.
      1. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously
            appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash
            of lightning.
      2. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a
            momentary brightness or show.
                     The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. --Shak.
                     No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy. --Wirt.
      3. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a
            very brief period.
                     The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash.
      4. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring
            and giving a fictious strength to liquors.
      {Flash light}, [or] {Flashing light}, a kind of light shown
            by lighthouses, produced by the revolution of reflectors,
            so as to show a flash of light every few seconds,
            alternating with periods of dimness. --Knight.
      {Flash in the pan}, the flashing of the priming in the pan of
            a flintlock musket without discharging the piece; hence,
            sudden, spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing.

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Flash \Flash\, v. t.
      1. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with
            sudden flame or light.
                     The chariot of paternal Deity, Flashing thick
                     flames.                                             --Milton.
      2. 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.
      3. (Glass Making) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of
            glass with glass of a different color. See {Flashing}, n.,
            (b) .
      4. To trick up in a showy manner.
                     Limning and flashing it with various dyes. --A.
      5. [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash,
            splash.] To strike and throw up large bodies of water from
            the surface; to splash. [Obs.]
                     He rudely flashed the waves about.      --Spenser.
      {Flashed glass}. See {Flashing}, n., 3.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      (Or "Shockwave Flash") A file
      format for delivering {interactive} {vector graphics} and
      animation on the {World-Wide Web}, developed by {Macromedia}.
      {Home (}.

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (15Feb98) [foldoc]:
      1. A program which allows one to flood another {Unix}
      user's {terminal} with {garbage}, through exploiting a common
      security hole in the victim's {host}'s {talk} {daemon}.   Users
      with "messages off" (mesg n) and users on systems running
      fixed talk daemons, or not running talk daemons at all, are
      2. See {Flash Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory}.
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