flash adj : tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, 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" [syn: flashing]
4 a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition"
5 a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash" [syn: blink of an eye, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute]
6 a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate [syn: flare]
7 a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story [syn: news bulletin, newsflash, newsbreak]
8 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"
9 a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph [syn: photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun, flashbulb, flash bulb]
2 appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"
3 display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car" [syn: flaunt, 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" [syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, 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"
EtymologyFrom the word flashen (to splash), a variant of flasken, which was likely of imitative origin.
- Hyphenation: flash (one syllable)
- Rhymes with: -æʃ
- To briefly illuminate a scene.
- He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.
- To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
- The light flashed on and off.
- To be visible
- The scenery flashed by quickly.
- To make visible briefly.
- A number will be flashed on the screen.
- To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
- ambitransitive informal To expose one's naked body in public briefly.
- To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
- Danish: blinke
make visible briefly
expose one's naked body briefly in public
- Danish: blotte sig
- A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
- A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, ebonics.
- A very short amount of time.
- 1876, Mark Twain,
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Quick—something must be done! done in a flash, too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention.
- 1876, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
- The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
- (very short amount of time:) aeon
- (sudden, short, temporary burst of light:) light
burst of light
- (compare flashy)
expensive looking and attention worthy
- For the sense ‘a short period of time’, the 1858 Notes and
Queries of Martim de Albuquerque was consulted. From page 437 of
the sixth volume of the second series, published in London by Bell
& Dally, 186 Fleet Street, in 1858 :
- ''Ought we not to collect for posterity the various ways in which very short times are denoted. Besides the one at the head, there are, — in no time, in next to no time, in less than no time, in a trice, in a jiffy, in a brace of shakes, before you can say Jack Robinson, in a crack, in the squeezing of a lemon, in the doubling of your fist, in the twinkling of an eye, in a moment, in an instant, in a flash.''
Flash may refer to:
- Flash (photography), instantaneous illumination for picture taking
- Adobe Flash, multimedia software
- Hook flash, a telephone function
- FLASH, Free Electron LASer of Hamburg
- M202A1 FLASH, a rocket launcher
- Flash memory, a form of non-volatile computer memory
- FLASH MRI, a basic measuring principle for rapid MRI
- Flash (comics), any of multiple speedy comics superheroes
- Flash (G.I. Joe), from the G.I. Joe comics universe
- Flash Gordon, the hero of a science fiction comic strip originally drawn by Alex Raymond
- Flash (album) (2005), by electronic musician Towa Tei
- Flash (Jeff Beck album) (1985), by rock guitarist Jeff Beck
- "Flash" (song), by rock band Queen
- "Flash" (Stéphanie song), a 1986 single by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco
- Flash (band), a progressive rock group
- Flash (1997 film), an American television film
- Flash (2007 film), a Malayalam film
- Flash (juggling), a type of throwing and catching
- Flash (tattoo), a source pattern for body art
- Flash evaporation, causing evaporation by lowering a fluid's pressure below its vapour pressure
- Flash (cleaning product), the UK name of Mr. Clean, produced by Procter & Gamble
- Flash Airlines, a private charter airline operating out of Cairo, Egypt
- Molding flash, excess material attached to a molded product along a parting line
- Grandmaster Flash (born 1958), an American hip hop musician and DJ
- DJ Flash (born 1957), an American DJ
- Muzzle flash, the visible light of the muzzle blast when a firearm is discharged
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flash in Korean: 플래시
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flash in Hebrew: פלאש
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flash in Japanese: フラッシュ
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flash in Thai: แฟลช
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flash in Chinese: Flash
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