- Electricity. a disruptive discharge around or over the surface of a solid or liquid insulator.
- the moment of conflagration or complete incineration caused by superheated air or combustibles.
- Electricity. to have or experience a flashover.
Origin of flashover
First recorded in 1890–95; orig. noun use of verb phrase flash over
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- an electric discharge over or around the surface of an insulator
- the sudden and rapid spread of fire through the air, caused by the ignition of smoke or fumes from surrounding objects
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