Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Sheet metal used to reinforce and weatherproof the joints and angles of a roof.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Components used to weatherproof or seal roof system edges at perimeters, penetrations, walls, expansion joints, valleys, drains and other places where the roof covering is interrupted or terminated.
  • n. The process of getting rid of gaps on shelves by bringing products from the back of the shelf to the front to create a 'fuller' shelf.
  • n. The blinking of a light source, such as a light bulb or computer's cursor.
  • n. The exposing of one's naked body, or part of it, in public briefly (the action of the verb to flash).
  • v. Present participle of flash.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The creation of an artifical flood by the sudden letting in of a body of water; -- called also flushing.
  • n. Pieces of metal, built into the joints of a wall, so as to lap over the edge of the gutters or to cover the edge of the roofing; also, similar pieces used to cover the valleys of roofs of slate, shingles, or the like. By extension, the metal covering of ridges and hips of roofs; also, in the United States, the protecting of angles and breaks in walls of frame houses with waterproof material, tarred paper, or the like. Cf. Filleting.
  • n.
  • n. The reheating of an article at the furnace aperture during manufacture to restore its plastic condition; esp., the reheating of a globe of crown glass to allow it to assume a flat shape as it is rotated.
  • n. A mode of covering transparent white glass with a film of colored glass.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In glass-making: The reheating of partially formed glassware in a flashing-furnace to restore the plastic condition, and to smooth rough edges.
  • n. The act or process of heating a globe of blown glass, and giving it a rapid rotary motion, so that the opening already made in it will widen till the globe flashes suddenly into a flat disk.
  • n. A mode of coating a globe of hot colorless glass with a film of colored glass, usually red, and blowing them together until they flash into a disk.
  • n. In architecture, pieces of lead, zinc, or other metal, used to protect the joining when a roof comes in contact with a wall, or when a chimney-shaft or other object comes through a roof, and the like.
  • n. In the manufacture of incandescent lamps, the operation of raising the carbon filament to incandescence in an atmosphere of coal-gas, for the purpose of hardening and smoothing the carbons, and equalizing their resistance.
  • n. The act of creating an artificial flood in a conduit or stream, as in a sewer for cleansing it, or at shallows in a river by penning up the water either in the river itself or in side reservoirs. See flushing.
  • n. In electricity, on commutators of direct-current dynamo-electric machines, the carrying of a spark from one brush to another, when it appears as a flash encircling the commutator-surface.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. sheet metal shaped and attached to a roof for strength and weatherproofing
  • n. a short vivid experience

Etymologies

(weatherproofing) From original flashing material of copper or aluminum that reflects flashes of sunlight. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • I now know that the audience is seeing my name flashing up in big Tron letters on the video wall as wide as the stage.

    Fallin’ Up

  • The third ring froze me in place when I saw the name flashing on the caller ID.

    NPR Topics: News

  • Committee Chairman Reno DeLuzio said he is prepared to fight on Oct. 27 for what he describes as a flashing-beacon system that would sense when trail users are approaching the intersection, flash them a red light and flash yellow to street traffic.

    The Milford Daily News Homepage RSS

  • And now,” he added, his expression flashing with gallantry, “I’d like to dedicate this first song to my beautiful girlfriend, Alice.”

    Kiss & Break Up

  • The name flashing on my cell phone reminded me that I haven’t picked up a book in a very long time.

    Cupcake

  • While this was going on, all in flashing fractions of seconds, Bert Rhine was cautiously inspecting the lazarette through the open booby-hatch.

    CHAPTER XLII

  • He even saw in flashing visions the blue of the sky, the golden sun pouring down on his flower-spangled meadows, the lazy cattle knee-deep in the brooks, and the flash of trout in the riffles.

    The Benefit of the Doubt

  • Time measured in flashing, green digits passed, without seasons, without joy.

    The Soul of Yeats « Unknowing

  • Even though it's probably not in your native language, you'll get a lot from the trailer, that is if you don't understand what's being said and the titles flashing by on screen.

    Filmstalker: Update: Ong Bak 3 trailer online

  • I could see nothing except the light, not flashing from the inside but bright and steady.

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  • Wait'll you see some of the other terms.

    November 9, 2007

  • How indecent!

    November 9, 2007

  • In glassmaking, flashing is the process of applying a very thin layer of one color of glass over a layer of contrasting color. A gather of hot glass is dipped into a crucible containing hot glass of the second color. The upper layer may be too thin to be worked in relief. The term also refers to the act of reheating a parison by inserting it into a glory hole and removing it quickly.

    November 9, 2007