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.
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Retro Words You’ll Probably Never Use AgainMost of these retronyms -- obsolete words and phrases -- are outdated technologies.
- electronic data processing,
- electronic editing,
- electronic engineering,
- electronic fetal monitor,
- electronic file cabinet,
- electronic flight information systems,
- electronic footprint,
- electronic funds transfer,
- electronic funds transfer at point of sale,
- electronic game
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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