- 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 Words for flashglare, reflection, beam, burst, flare, radiation, gleam, sparkle, flame, blaze, glimmer, glint, spark, ray, glitter, vision, glow, moment, outburst, splash
Examples from the Web for flash
Contemporary Examples of flash
The idea that January 1st initiates a period of new beginning is not a flash of Hallmark brilliance.New Year’s Eve, Babylon Style
December 31, 2014
In a flash he deflects the shot, with the speed of instinct, right past the goalkeeper.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
Cops launched a flash grenade through the window and officer Joseph Weekley fired, fatally striking Stanley-Jones.Worse Than Eric Garner: Cops Who Got Away With Killing Autistic Men and Little Girls
December 4, 2014
I see a couple holding each other and longingly looking at flash sheets on the wall.Explosion of Cute: Inside the Superfan Mania of Hello Kitty Con 2014
Sarah Bay Williams
November 2, 2014
Flash says it after watching Arrow swing off a rooftop; Arrow says it seconds later as he watches Flash run away.‘The Flash’ Review: Teen Angst Gets a Comic Book Quickie
October 7, 2014
Historical Examples of flash
She dropped into her chair, with a flash of resentment at the proximity of the other table.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
This flash of gold is the only brightness in the place, otherwise dull and monotonous.The Roof of France
If I could only flash last night—every glorious minute of it—upon paper!The Bacillus of Beauty
She looked at him an instant, and then in a flash realised her true position.The Dream
The strange treachery at Maizar in June was a flash in the pan.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
- 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
late 14c., from flasken (c.1300) "to dash or splash" (as water), probably imitative. Related: Flashed; flashing. Sense of "give off a sudden burst of light or flame" is 1540s. Flash flood is from 1940. Flash card is from 1923. Flash cube (remember those?) is from 1965.
1560s, from flash (v.); originally of lightning. Meaning "first news report" is from 1857. Meaning "photographic lamp" is from 1913. The comic book character dates to 1940. Flash in the pan (1809) is from old-style guns, where the powder might ignite in the pan but fail to spark the main charge.
In addition to the idiom beginning with flash
- flash in the pan
- in a flash
- quick as a wink (flash)