What does flash mean?

Definitions for flash
flæʃflash

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word flash.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flashnoun

    a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

  2. flashnoun

    a momentary brightness

  3. flash, flashingnoun

    a short vivid experience

    "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning"

  4. flashnoun

    a sudden brilliant understanding

    "he had a flash of intuition"

  5. blink of an eye, flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minutenoun

    a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

    "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

  6. ostentation, fanfare, flashnoun

    a gaudy outward display

  7. flare, flashnoun

    a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate

  8. news bulletin, newsflash, flash, newsbreaknoun

    a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story

  9. flashnoun

    a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification

    "red flashes adorned the airplane"; "a flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to"

  10. flash, photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun, flashbulb, flash bulbadjective

    a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph

  11. brassy, cheap, flash, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashyverb

    tastelessly showy

    "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"

  12. flash, blink, wink, twinkle, winkleverb

    gleam or glow intermittently

    "The lights were flashing"

  13. flashverb

    appear briefly

    "The headlines flashed on the screen"

  14. flaunt, flash, show off, ostentate, swankverb

    display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously

    "he showed off his new sports car"

  15. flashverb

    make known or cause to appear with great speed

    "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"

  16. dart, dash, scoot, scud, flash, shootverb

    run or move very quickly or hastily

    "She dashed into the yard"

  17. flashverb

    expose or show briefly

    "he flashed a $100 bill"

  18. flashverb

    protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal

    "flash the roof"

  19. flashverb

    emit a brief burst of light

    "A shooting star flashed and was gone"

GCIDE

  1. Flashnoun

    (Journalism) 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.

  2. Flashnoun

    The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period; as, I'll be back in a flash.

Wiktionary

  1. flashnoun

    A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.

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

  2. flashnoun

    A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.

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

  3. flashnoun

    A very short amount of time.

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

  4. flashnoun

    Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.

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

  5. flashnoun

    The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.

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

  6. flashnoun

    A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.

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

  7. flashverb

    To briefly illuminate a scene.

    He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.

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

  8. flashverb

    To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.

    The light flashed on and off.

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

  9. flashverb

    To be visible briefly.

    The scenery flashed by quickly.

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

  10. flashverb

    To make visible briefly.

    A number will be flashed on the screen.

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

  11. flashverb

    To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.

    He flashed a wad of hundred-dollar bills.

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

  12. flashverb

    To communicate quickly.

    The news services flashed the news about the end of the war to all corners of the globe.

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

  13. flashverb

    To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.

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

  14. flashverb

    To expose one's naked body or underwear, or part of it, in public briefly.

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

  15. flashverb

    To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.

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

  16. flashverb

    to perform a flash.

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

  17. flashverb

    To move, or cause to move, suddenly

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

  18. flashadjective

    Expensive looking and attention worthy; stylish.

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

  19. flashadjective

    Having plenty of ready money

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

  20. flashadjective

    Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.

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

  21. Flashnoun

    A popular multimedia platform, most often used for adding animation and interactivity to webpages.

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

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flashverb

    to burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  2. Flashverb

    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

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  3. Flashverb

    to burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  4. Flashverb

    to send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  5. Flashverb

    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

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  6. Flashverb

    to cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b)

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  7. Flashnoun

    to trick up in a showy manner

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  8. Flashnoun

    to strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  9. Flashnoun

    a sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  10. Flashnoun

    a sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  11. Flashnoun

    the time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  12. Flashnoun

    a preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictious strength to liquors

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  13. Flashadjective

    showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  14. Flashadjective

    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

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  15. Flashnoun

    slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  16. Flashnoun

    a pool

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

  17. Flashnoun

    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

    Etymology: [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.]

Freebase

  1. Flash

    The Flash is a name shared by several fictional comic book superheroes from the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1. Nicknamed the Scarlet Speedster, all incarnations of the Flash possess "super-speed", which includes the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes and seemingly violate certain laws of physics. Thus far, four different characters—each of whom somehow gained the power of "super-speed"—have assumed the identity of the Flash: Jay Garrick, Barry Allen, Wally West, and Bart Allen. Before Wally and Bart's ascension to the mantle of the Flash, they were both Flash protégés under the same name Kid Flash. The second incarnation of the Flash, Barry Allen, is generally considered the first hero of the Silver Age of comic books and the superhero has remained one of DC's most popular ever since. Each version of the Flash has been a key member of at least one of DC's premier teams: the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans. Wally West has recently rejoined the Justice League, and Barry Allen recently returned to life in the pages of Final Crisis.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flash

    flash, n. a momentary gleam of light: a sudden burst, as of merriment: a short transient state.—v.i. to break forth, as a sudden light: to break out into intellectual brilliancy: to burst out into violence.—v.t. to cause to flash: to expand, as blown glass, into a disc: to send by some startling or sudden means.—n. Flash′-house, a brothel.—adv. Flash′ily.—ns. Flash′iness; Flash′ing, the act of blazing: a sudden burst, as of water; Flash′-point, the temperature at which an inflammable liquid takes fire—in the case of petroleum, &c., ascertained by placing oil in a vessel called a tester (used open and closed), and heating it up to a point at which sufficient vapour is generated as to give off a small flash when a light is applied to it.—adj. Flash′y, dazzling for a moment: showy but empty: (Milt.) vapid: gay—also Flash, vulgarly showy, gay but tawdry: pertaining to thieves, vagabonds, &c., as the 'flash language'=thieves' cant or slang: 'flash notes'=counterfeit notes.—Flash in the pan (see Pan). [Prob. imit.; cf. Sw. prov. flasa, to blaze.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flash

    The laminæ and grain-marks in timber, when cut into planks. Also, a pool. Also, in the west, a river with a large bay, which is again separated from the outer sea by a reef of rocks.--To make a flash, is to let boats down through a lock; to flash loose powder at night to show position.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. flash

    The flame which issues from any fire-arm or piece of ordnance on its being fired.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flash' in Nouns Frequency: #2782

  2. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'flash' in Verbs Frequency: #800

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flash in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flash in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flash in a Sentence

  1. Habersham County Sheriff Joey Terrell:

    We might have gone in through a side door. ... We would not have used a flash-bang.

  2. Zack Snyder:

    Batman, unlike Superman or Wonder Woman or Flash is a guy without powers, he's a man ... We all carry around a hero inside of ourselves everyday and it's that guy, the Batman, i think we all owe him (Kane) a debt of gratitude because in that hero that we carry around we realize that the hero is us because he's just a man. So in truth, we're all the Batman.

  3. The NHC:

    These rains could result in life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

  4. Sajid Javid:

    It happened in a flash. I was walking out of Euston station and reached for my phone to call a taxi... before I knew what was happening, it had gone. They just rode up, grabbed it and zoomed off.

  5. Alex Thomson:

    We suddenly got hit by a rogue wave and then within a flash the boat was upside down, we were upside down for about a minute and a half before the keel turned it back up the right way.

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Translations for flash

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  • فلاشArabic
  • миг, блясък, кликам, проблясвам, klikam, показен, крещящ, блясване, примигвамBulgarian
  • záblesk, prozvonitCzech
  • glimt, lyse, skinne, blinke, glimte, blotte, lyn, flotDanish
  • Blitz, blinkenGerman
  • ekbriloEsperanto
  • relámpago, pincharSpanish
  • فلاش, برق, تک‌زنگ زدنPersian
  • välkkyä, vilauttaa, fiini, välähdys, väläys, korea, alakieli, vilaus, vilkkua, purse, vilahtaa, välähtää, pramea, leimaus, leimahdus, väläyttääFinnish
  • s'exhiber, clignoterFrench
  • plathadh, lasairScottish Gaelic
  • ծնգցնելArmenian
  • lampo, balenoItalian
  • פלאשHebrew
  • 閃光Japanese
  • ostentare, coruscare, fulgēreLatin
  • karamu, whakapohane, whakapōhanehaneMāori
  • flitsDutch
  • błyskPolish
  • lampejo, clarãoPortuguese
  • вспышка, вспыхнуть, сверкание, вспыхиватьRussian
  • plamsaj, cimnuti, цимнутиSerbo-Croatian
  • lysa, blotta, skägg, blinka, glimta, blixtSwedish

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    • A. rumpus
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    • C. transpire
    • D. loom

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