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  1. flash
    IPA[flaSH]
  2. verb

    • 1. (of a light or something that reflects light) shine in a bright but brief, sudden, or intermittent way:

      the lights started flashing
    • 2. cause to shine briefly or suddenly:

      the oncoming car flashed its lights
    • 3. shine or show a light to send (a signal):

      red lights started to flash a warning
    • 4. give (a swift or sudden look):

      Carrie flashed a glance in his direction she flashed him a withering look
    • 5. express a sudden burst of emotion, especially anger, with a swift or sudden look:

      she glared at him, her eyes flashing
    • 6. move or pass very quickly:

      a look of terror flashed across Kirov's face another stray thought flashed through her mind the scenery flashed by
      Synonym : zoom, streak, tear, shoot, dash, dart, fly, whistle, hurtle, rush, hurry, bolt, race, bound, speed, career, charge, hare, whiz, whoosh, buzz, scoot, skedaddle, belt, zap, zip, scorch, bomb, bucket, burn rubber, go like the clappers, barrel, lay rubber
    • 7. send (news or information) swiftly by means of telegraphy or telecommunications:

      the story was flashed around the world
    • 8. display (an image, words, or information) suddenly on a television or computer screen or electronic sign, typically briefly or repeatedly:

      suddenly the screen flashes a message
      Synonym : display, show, present, set forth, unveil
    • 9. (of an image or message) be displayed briefly or repeatedly on a screen:

      the election results flashed on the screen
    • 10. hold up or show (something, often proof of one's identity) quickly before replacing it:

      she opened her purse and flashed her ID card
    • 11. make a conspicuous display of (something) so as to impress or attract attention:

      they all flash their money around
      Synonym : show off, flaunt, flourish, display, exhibit, parade, brag about, exult in
    • 12. (of a man) show one's genitals briefly in public:

      on my way back to work I was flashed at by some weirdo
      Synonym : expose oneself, show/display/reveal one's genitals, commit indecent exposure

    noun

    • 1. a sudden brief burst of bright light or a sudden glint from a reflective surface:

      a lightning flash the grenade exploded with a yellow flash of light
    • 2. a sudden instance or manifestation of a quality, understanding, or humor:

      she had a flash of inspiration
      Synonym : burst, outbreak, outburst, wave, rush, surge, stab, flush, blaze, sudden show, brief display/exhibition
    • 3. a news flash.

    • 4. a camera attachment that produces a brief very bright light, used for taking photographs in poor light:

      an electronic flash if in any doubt, use flash flash photography
    • 5. a platform for producing and displaying animation and video in web browsers.

    • 6. excess plastic or metal forced between facing surfaces as two halves of a mold close up, forming a thin projection on the finished object:

      flap wheels are ideal for grinding off fiberglass flash

    adjective

    • 1. (of a thing) ostentatiously expensive, elaborate, or up to date:

      a flash new car
    • 2. (of a person) superficially attractive because stylish and full of brash charm:

      he was carrying this money around and trying to be flash
    • 3. relating to thieves, prostitutes, or the underworld, especially their language.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: flash, plural noun: flashes

    • v.: verb: flash, 3rd person present: flashes, gerund or present participle: flashing, past tense: flashed, past participle: flashed

    • noun

      a water-filled hollow formed by subsidence, especially any of those due to rock salt extraction in or near Cheshire in central England:
    • verb

      shine in a bright but brief, sudden, or intermittent way:

      cause to shine briefly or suddenly:

    • noun

      a sudden brief burst of bright light:

      a patch or sudden display of a bright colour:

    • adjective

      ostentatiously stylish or expensive:

      ostentatiously displaying one's wealth:

    • noun

      a water-filled hollow formed by subsidence, especially any of those due to rock salt extraction in or near Cheshire in central England:
    • adjective

      shining in a bright but brief, sudden, or intermittent way:
    • noun

      brief, sudden, and intermittent bursts of bright light:

      the action, especially of a man, of showing one's genitals briefly in public:

    • noun

      a strip of metal used to stop water from penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface:
    • adjective

      shining in a bright but brief, sudden, or intermittent way:
    • noun

      brief, sudden, and intermittent bursts of bright light:

      the action, especially of a man, of showing one's genitals briefly in public:

    • noun

      a strip of metal used to stop water penetrating the junction of a roof with another surface:
    • noun

      a device for giving reflected photographic flashlight.

      the effect of reflected flashlight.

    • noun

      a large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse, typically organized by means of the Internet or social media:
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