- a flash lamp, usually attached to a camera or housed within the camera body, that produces brilliant flashes of light by the discharge of current through a gas-filled tube.
Origin of electronic flash
First recorded in 1945–50
Also called flashtube.
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- photog an electronic device for producing a very bright flash of light by means of an electric discharge in a gas-filled tube
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