Origin of flashing
- 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.
Origin of flash
Synonyms for flash
Related Words for flashingshine, glare, glisten, twinkle, flare, blink, reflect, beam, blaze, gleam, sparkle, glance, glow, shoot, fly, flit, zoom, dart, dash, whistle
Examples from the Web for flashing
Contemporary Examples of flashing
By September, he was flashing a thumbs-up to assembled fans as he walked into court in a Barcelona suburb.Is Soccer Great Lionel Messi Corrupt?
December 8, 2014
In November 2012, police officers in Racine County, Wisconsin, pulled Matson over for running a flashing red light.The U.S. Veteran and Wisconsin Boy Who Went to Fight ISIS in Syria
October 3, 2014
Bars served it on flashing coasters; “Zima girls” wearing sexy costumes promoted it in nightclubs.In Japan, Zima Haz No Zexual Preference
Jake Adelstein, Angela Erika Kubo
September 13, 2014
Flashing “OK” signs, the safety crew waits for the divers to pop up and flash an “OK” back.The World Series of Cliff Diving Takes Itself Very Seriously
June 29, 2014
Flashing a bit of butt seems to be the latest royal fashion.Butt-Flashing? Don't Worry, My Sister-in-Law Kate Middleton Does That All The Time!!
June 2, 2014
Historical Examples of flashing
"Ready to chastise insolence, sir," cried Alleyne with flashing eyes.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The reporter stood with clenched fists and flashing eyes, hesitating.In the Midst of Alarms
Miss Curtis sat up in her chair, and her eyes were flashing indignation.Quaint Courtships
His eyes were flashing eagerly here and there over the strange throng.Buried Cities, Part 2
As he worked, a thousand pictures were flashing through his mind.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
- 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
1570s, of light; present participle adjective from flash (v.).
"indecent exposure," 1896, verbal noun from flash (v.). The meaning "strip of metal used in roofing, etc." is from 1782, earlier simply flash (1570s), but it is of unknown origin and might be an unrelated word.
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.
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with flash
- flash in the pan
- in a flash
- quick as a wink (flash)