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Etymology

From the Middle English word flashen (to splash), a variant of flasken, which was likely of imitative origin.

Pronunciation

Verb

Infinitive
to flash

Third person singular
flash

Simple past
-

Past participle
-

Present participle
es

to flash (third-person singular simple present flash, present participle es, simple past and past participle -)
  1. To briefly illuminate a scene.
    He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.
  2. To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
    The light flashed on and off.
  3. To be visible briefly.
    The scenery flashed by quickly.
  4. To make visible briefly.
    A number will be flashed on the screen.
  5. (computing) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
  6. (ambitransitive, Template loop detected: Template:context 1) To expose one's naked body in public briefly.
  7. (metallurgy) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.

Synonyms

  • (to briefly illuminate): glint

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Noun

Singular
flash

Plural
flashes

flash (flashes)
  1. A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
  2. (linguistics) A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, ebonics.
  3. 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.
  4. Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
  5. (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.

Synonyms

  • (sudden, short, temporary burst of light:) gleam, glint
  • (material left around the egde of a mould:) moulding flash, molding flash

Antonyms

  • (very short amount of time:) aeon

Hypernyms

  • (sudden, short, temporary burst of light:) light

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Adjective

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Positive
flash

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  1. (UK and Template loop detected: Template:context 2) Expensive looking and attention worthy.
(compare flashy)

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