- a ridge of metal left on a casting by a seam between parts of the mold.
- a ridge formed at the edge of a forging or weld where excess metal has been squeezed out.
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- to coat (plain glass or a glass or ceramic object) with a layer of colored, opalescent, or white glass.
- to apply (such a layer).
- to color or make (glass) opaque by reheating.
- a brief, intense effort that produces no really significant result.
- a person who makes such an effort; one who enjoys short-lived success.
- to have a sudden thought, insight, or inspiration about.
- to have a sudden, vivid memory or mental picture of: I just flashed on that day we spent at the lake.
- to feel an instantaneous understanding and appreciation of.
Origin of flash
SYNONYMS FOR flash
Related formsflash·ing·ly, adverbout·flash, verb (used with object)
British Dictionary definitions for flash in the pan
- a sudden rush of water down a river or watercourse
- a device, such as a sluice, for producing such a rush
- to signal or communicate very fastto flash a message
- to signal by use of a light, such as car headlights
Word Origin for flash
Culture definitions for flash in the pan
flash in the pan
Someone or something that promises great success but soon fails: “The rock group that was all the rage last year turned out to be just another flash in the pan.”
Idioms and Phrases with flash in the pan (1 of 2)
flash in the pan
An effort or person that promises great success but fails. For example, His second novel proved to be a flash in the pan, or We had high hopes for the new director, but she was a flash in the pan. This metaphoric term alludes to the 17th-century flintlock musket, which could be fired only when the flash of the priming powder in the lockpan ignited the charge in the bore. When it failed to ignite, there was only a flash in the pan and the gun did not shoot.
Idioms and Phrases with flash in the pan (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with flash
- flash in the pan
- in a flash
- quick as a wink (flash)