from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To burst forth into or as if into flame.
- intransitive v. To give off light or be lighted in sudden or intermittent bursts.
- intransitive v. To appear or occur suddenly: The image flashed onto the screen.
- intransitive v. To move or proceed rapidly: The cars flashed by.
- intransitive v. To hang up a phone line momentarily, as when using call waiting.
- intransitive v. Slang To think of or remember something suddenly: flashed on that time we got caught in the storm.
- intransitive v. Slang To expose oneself in an indecent manner.
- transitive v. To cause (light) to appear suddenly or in intermittent bursts.
- transitive v. To cause to burst into flame.
- transitive v. To reflect (light).
- transitive v. To cause to reflect light from (a surface).
- transitive v. To make known or signal by flashing lights.
- transitive v. To communicate or display at great speed: flashed the news to the world capitals.
- transitive v. To exhibit briefly.
- transitive v. To hang up (a phone line) momentarily, as when using call waiting.
- transitive v. To display ostentatiously; flaunt.
- transitive v. To fill suddenly with water.
- transitive 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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. To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
- v. To expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public briefly.
- v. To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
- v. to perform a flash.
- v. To move, or cause to move, suddenly
- n. A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
- n. 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. The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
- n. A flashlight or electric torch.
- n. A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.
- adj. Expensive looking and attention worthy; stylish.
- adj. Having plenty of ready money.
- adj. Liable to show off about expensive possessions or money.
- adj. Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- 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. 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. Same as flashlight.
- n. 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 flash or bulletin.
- n. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
- n. A pool.
- n. 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.
- intransitive v. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light
- intransitive 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.
- intransitive v. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
- transitive v. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
- transitive v. To convey as by a flash; to light up, as by a sudden flame or light
- transitive v. To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b).
- transitive v. To trick up in a showy manner.
- transitive v. To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
from The 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.
- 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.
- 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. 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.
- 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.
- n. In electricity, an accidental electric arc of short duration and great intensity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Aye! yet something whispered that the flash carried a meaning, was, indeed, a spark from that mightier _flash of arms_ that would, ere long, blaze out at the very mention of that name.
The report of the rifle was magical in its effect upon the Basuto ponies, each rearing up on its hind legs and striking out with its forefeet; but the same punishment was meted out by the riders -- namely, a sharp tap between the ears with the barrels of the rifles -- and the result was that beyond fidgeting they stood fairly still, while _flash, flash, flash_, three more shots were fired.
Now the darkness was cut by a bright flash of light right in front; there was the sharp crack of a rifle, and right and left _flash, crack, flash, crack_, ran along a line.
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Big in movement and expression it must be, depending for effect not on words but on the revealing flash; it must be the summit of the action; it must be the event toward which the entire movement has been rising; it must be the fulfillment of what was foreshadowed; it must be keen, quick, perfectly logical and _flash_ the illuminating revelation, as if one would say, "Here, this is what I've kept you waiting for -- my whole reason for being."
Now, when you see or hear the term "flash mob," a scary image comes to mind: a large group of black teenage boys who appear out of nowhere to commit crimes.
JACKI LYDEN, host: You've heard the term flash mobs.
For just a second, before I remembered, my heart had leapt up when I saw his name flash on my caller ID.
Although you may be slightly confused about the reference to the term flash and perhaps think it has moving parts, flash drives have “no” moving parts.