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[n] a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
[n] a momentary brightness
[n] a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition"
[n] a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
[n] a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
[n] a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning"
[n] a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
[n] a very short time (as the time it takes to blink once); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
[adj] tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
[v] make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
[v] appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"
[v] emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and was gone."
[v] protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal, as of parts of roofs
[v] run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard"
[v] expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill"
[v] display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
[v] gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"

Misc. Definitions

\Flash\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flashed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flashing}.] [Cf. OE. flaskien, vlaskien to pour, sprinkle, dial. Sw. flasa to blaze, E. flush, flare.]
1. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
2. 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. Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles. --Talfourd. The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind. --M. Arnold. A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act. --Tennyson.
3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily. Every hour He flashes into one gross crime or other. --Shak. {To flash in the pan}, to fail of success. [Colloq.] See under {Flash}, a burst of light. --Bartlett. Syn: {Flash}, {Glitter}, {Gleam}, {Glisten}, {Glister}. Usage: Flash differs from glitter and gleam, denoting a flood or wide extent of light. The latter words may express the issuing of light from a small object, or from a pencil of rays. Flash differs from other words, also, in denoting suddenness of appearance and disappearance. Flashing differs from exploding or disploding in not being accompanied with a loud report. To glisten, or glister, is to shine with a soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears, or flowers wet with dew.
\Flash\, v. t.
1. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light. The chariot of paternal Deity, Flashing thick flames. --Milton.
2. To convey as by a flash; to light up, as by a sudden flame or light; as, to flash a message along the wires; to flash conviction on the mind.
3. (Glass Making) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See {Flashing}, n., 3 (b) .
4. To trick up in a showy manner. Limning and flashing it with various dyes. --A. Brewer.
5. [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.] To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash. [Obs.] He rudely flashed the waves about. --Spenser. {Flashed glass}. See {Flashing}, n.,
3.
\Flash\, n.; pl. {Flashes}.
1. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning.
2. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show. The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind. --Shak. No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy. --Wirt.
3. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period. The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash. --Bacon.
4. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors. {Flash light}, or {Flashing light}, a kind of light shown by lighthouses, produced by the revolution of reflectors, so as to show a flash of light every few seconds, alternating with periods of dimness. --Knight. {Flash in the pan}, the flashing of the priming in the pan of a flintlock musket without discharging the piece; hence, sudden, spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing.
\Flash\, a.
1. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery.
2. Wearing showy, counterfeit ornaments; vulgarly pretentious; as, flash people; flash men or women; -- applied especially to thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes that dress in a showy way and wear much cheap jewelry. {Flash house}, a house frequented by flash people, as thieves and whores; hence, a brothel. ``A gang of footpads, reveling with their favorite beauties at a flash house.'' --Macaulay.
\Flash\, n. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
\Flash\, n. [OE. flasche, flaske; cf. OF. flache, F. flaque.]
1. A pool. [Prov. Eng.] --Haliwell.
2. (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. {Flash wheel} (Mech.), a paddle wheel made to revolve in a breast or curved water way, by which water is lifted from the lower to the higher level.

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