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English Dictionary: flashes by the DICT Development Group
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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.
                                                                              --Bacon.
  
      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.
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