Definitions for flashbackˈflæʃˌbæk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. the insertion of an earlier event into the chronological structure of a novel, motion picture, play, etc., or the scene so inserted.

    Category: Literature

  2. Also called flash′back hallucino′sis.Psychiatry. an abnormally vivid, often recurrent recollection of a disturbing past event, sometimes accompanied by hallucinations.

    Category: Psychiatry

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flashback(noun)

    a transition (in literary or theatrical works or films) to an earlier event or scene that interrupts the normal chronological development of the story

  2. flashback(noun)

    an unexpected but vivid recurrence of a past experience (especially a recurrence of the effects of an hallucinogenic drug taken much earlier)


  1. flashback(Noun)

    a dramatic device in which an earlier event is inserted into the normal chronological flow of a narrative

  2. flashback(Noun)

    a vivid mental image of a past trauma, especially one that recurs

  3. flashback(Noun)

    a similar recurrence of the effects of a hallucinogenic drug


  1. Flashback

    Flashback is a box set compilation by Electric Light Orchestra.

Anagrams of flashback

  1. halfbacks


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