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RELATED WORDS

glare, reflection, beam, burst, flare, radiation, gleam, sparkle, flame, blaze, glimmer, glint, spark, ray, glitter, vision, glow, moment, outburst, splash

Nearby words

flared, flares, flareup, flaring, flaringly, flash, flash blindness, flash burn, flash card, flash drive, flash eliminator

Idioms

    flash in the pan,
    1. a brief, intense effort that produces no really significant result.
    2. a person who makes such an effort; one who enjoys short-lived success.
    flash on, Slang.
    1. to have a sudden thought, insight, or inspiration about.
    2. to have a sudden, vivid memory or mental picture of: I just flashed on that day we spent at the lake.
    3. to feel an instantaneous understanding and appreciation of.

Origin of flash

1350–1400; Middle English flasshen to sprinkle, splash, earlier flask(i)en; probably phonesthemic in orig.; compare similar expressive words with fl- and -sh
SYNONYMS FOR flash
18 scintillate. Flash, glance, glint, glitter mean to send forth a sudden gleam (or gleams) of bright light. To flash is to send forth light with a sudden, transient brilliancy: A shooting star flashed briefly. To glance is to emit a brilliant flash of light as a reflection from a smooth surface: Sunlight glanced from the glass windshield. Glint suggests a hard bright gleam of reflected light, as from something polished or burnished: Light glints from silver or from burnished copper. To glitter is to reflect intermittent flashes of light from a hard surface: Ice glitters in the moonlight.
40 flashy, gaudy, tawdry; pretentious, superficial.
42 false, fake.
Related formsflash·ing·ly, adverbout·flash, verb (used with object)

Definition for flash (2 of 2)

FLASH

[ flash ]
/ flæʃ /

noun

a precedence code for handling messages about initial enemy contact or operational combat messages of extreme urgency within the U.S. military.
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British Dictionary definitions for flash

flash

/ (flæʃ) /

noun

adjective

verb

Word Origin for flash

C14 (in the sense: to rush, as of water): of unknown origin
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Idioms and Phrases with flash

flash


In addition to the idiom beginning with flash

  • flash in the pan

also see:

  • in a flash
  • quick as a wink (flash)
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