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

  • n. A dry-cell powered photographic apparatus that holds and electrically triggers a flashbulb. Also called flash unit.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An electrically powered device used to trigger a flashbulb
  • n. Any similar unit used to generate repeatable flashes of light for photography

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a lamp for providing intense momentary light to take a photograph.

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

  • n. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph


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  • In the room, he sits in a chair facing a blank wall with the flashgun mounted behind him.

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  • He watches the wall to ascertain its reflected brightness when the flashgun is triggered, an approximate measure of how much light is discharged.

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