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or flash bulb

[flash-buhlb] /ˈflæʃˌbʌlb/
noun, Photography.
a glass bulb, filled with oxygen and aluminum or zirconium wire or foil, which, when ignited electrically, burns with a brilliant flash to provide momentary illumination of a subject.
Also called flash.
Origin of flashbulb
First recorded in 1930-35; flash + bulb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • You aim, pull the trigger, and the shutter opens as the flashbulb goes off.

    Creatures of the Abyss Murray Leinster
  • It was what he'd seen when the flashbulb of his gun-camera went off.

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British Dictionary definitions for flashbulb


(photog) a small expendable glass light bulb formerly used to produce a bright flash of light Also called photoflash Compare electronic flash
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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