American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To burst forth into or as if into flame.
- v. To give off light or be lighted in sudden or intermittent bursts.
- v. To appear or occur suddenly: The image flashed onto the screen.
- v. To move or proceed rapidly: The cars flashed by.
- v. To hang up a phone line momentarily, as when using call waiting.
- v. Slang To think of or remember something suddenly: flashed on that time we got caught in the storm.
- v. Slang To expose oneself in an indecent manner.
- v. To cause (light) to appear suddenly or in intermittent bursts.
- v. To cause to burst into flame.
- v. To reflect (light).
- v. To cause to reflect light from (a surface).
- v. To make known or signal by flashing lights.
- v. To communicate or display at great speed: flashed the news to the world capitals.
- v. To exhibit briefly.
- v. To hang up (a phone line) momentarily, as when using call waiting.
- v. To display ostentatiously; flaunt.
- v. To fill suddenly with water.
- v. To cover with a thin protective layer.
- n. A sudden, brief, intense display of light.
- n. A sudden perception: a flash of insight.
- n. A split second; an instant: I'll be on my way in a flash.
- n. A brief news dispatch or transmission.
- n. 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).
- n. A flashlight.
- n. Instantaneous illumination for photography: photograph by flash.
- n. A device, such as a flashbulb, flashgun, or flash lamp, used to produce such illumination.
- n. Slang The pleasurable sensation that accompanies the use of a drug; a rush.
- n. Obsolete The language or cant of thieves, tramps, or underworld figures.
- adj. Happening suddenly or very quickly: flash freezing.
- adj. Slang Ostentatious; showy: a flash car.
- adj. Of or relating to figures of quarterly economic growth released by the government and subject to later revision.
- adj. Of or relating to photography using instantaneous illumination.
- adj. Of or relating to thieves, swindlers, and underworld figures.
- idiom. flash in the pan One that promises great success but fails.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To burst into sudden flame; specifically, to ignite and flare up with sudden and transient brilliancy; emit a bright flame for a moment: as, the flashing-point of oil; the powder flashed in the pan.
- To burst forth with sudden brilliancy; break out in a transient or variable gleam or glitter; emit flashes; gleam: as, the lightning flashed continually.
- To burst suddenly into view or perception; come or appear instantaneously: as, the scene flashed upon his sight; the solution of the problem flashed into his mind.
- To burst suddenly into action; break out with sudden force or violence.
- To come, move, or pass in a flashing manner; act as if in or by a flash: as, the dog flashed by in hot pursuit.
- In glass-making, to expand, as blown glass, into a disk. See flashing, 1.
- Hence, to fail after a showy or pretentious effort; act or strive without result; give up suddenly without accomplishing anything.
- To emit or send forth in a sudden flash or flashes; cause to appear with sudden glitter.
- To cause to flame up suddenly, as by ignition; produce a flash from.
- To convey or send by instantaneous communication; cause to appear or be perceived suddenly or startlingly: as, to flash a message over the wires (of a telegraph).
- To cause to appear flashy; trick up in a showy manner; streak; stripe.
- In glass-making, to expand to a flat disk, as the blown globe or mass of glass, by revolving it in front of the furnace-mouth, which keeps it hot and ductile; hence, to apply a film of colored glass to by this process. See flashing, 1.
- In electric lighting, to make (the carbon filament) incandescent. See flashing, 3.
- n. A sudden burst of flame or light; a light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a gleam: as, a flash from a gun.
- n. A sudden burst of something regarded as resembling light in its effect, as color, wit, glee, energy, passion, etc.; a short, vivid, and brilliant outburst; a momentary brightness or show.
- n. The time occupied by a flash of light; a very short period; a transient state; an instant.
- n. plural The hot stage of a fever.
- n. A showy or blustering person.
- n. A quibble; jugglery with words.
- n. A shoot of a plant.
- n. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., used for coloring brandy and rum, and giving them a factitious strength.
- n. Hence— An unsuccessful effort or outburst; a brilliant endeavor followed by failure: said of an utterly abortive effort that has been made with much parade or confidence, of an ineffective outbreak of passion, etc.
- To dash (water); sprinkle.
- To splash; dash about, as water.
- To increase the flow of water in; flood with water from a reservoir or otherwise, as a stream or a sewer; flush. See flashing.
- To splash, as waves.
- n. A pool of water.
- n. A sluice or lock on a navigable river, just above a shoal, to raise the water while craft are passing.
- n. A body of water driven by violence.
- Insipid; vapid.
- Of or pertaining to or associated with thieves, knaves, vagabonds, prostitutes, etc.: applied especially to thieves' cant or jargon.
- Vulgarly showy or gaudy: as, a flash dress; a flash style.
- Expert; smart; crack.
- In photography, to cover with an exceedingly thin layer, as of metal in a plating-bath.
- n. In electricity, an accidental electric arc of short duration and great intensity.
- v. To briefly illuminate a scene.
- v. To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
- v. To be visible briefly.
- v. To make visible briefly.
- v. To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.
- v. To communicate quickly.
- v. computing To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
- v. transitive, intransitive, informal To expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public briefly.
- v. metallurgy To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
- v. juggling to perform a flash.
- v. To move, or cause to move, suddenly
- n. A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
- n. linguistics A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.
- n. A very short amount of time.
- n. Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
- n. Cockney The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
- n. US, colloquial A flashlight or electric torch.
- n. juggling A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.
- adj. slang Expensive looking and attention worthy; stylish.
- adj. UK, of a person Having plenty of ready money.
- adj. UK, of a person Liable to show off about expensive possessions or money.
- adj. US, slang Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light
- v. 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.
- v. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
- v. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
- v. To convey as by a flash; to light up, as by a sudden flame or light
- v. (Glass Making) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b).
- v. To trick up in a showy manner.
- v. obsolete To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
- n. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze.
- n. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show.
- n. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period.
- n. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictitious strength to liquors.
- n. a lamp for providing intense momentary light to take a photograph.
- n. informal Same as flashlight.
- n. (Journalism) A short news item providing recently received and usually preliminary information about an event that is considered important enough to interrupt normal broadcasting or other news delivery services; also called a
news flashor bulletin.
- adj. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar
- adj. Wearing showy, counterfeit ornaments; vulgarly pretentious; ; -- applied especially to thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes that dress in a showy way and wear much cheap jewelry.
- n. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
- n. Prov. Eng. A pool.
- n. (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.
- n. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
- n. a short vivid experience
- n. a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification
- n. a gaudy outward display
- n. a momentary brightness
- adj. tastelessly showy
- v. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
- v. run or move very quickly or hastily
- n. a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
- v. gleam or glow intermittently
- n. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
- v. expose or show briefly
- n. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
- v. emit a brief burst of light
- v. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal
- n. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
- v. appear briefly
- v. make known or cause to appear with great speed
- n. a sudden brilliant understanding
- From the Middle English word flashen (to splash), a variant of flasken, which was likely of imitative origin. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English flashen, to splash, variant of flasken, of imitative origin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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