• WordNet 3.6
    • adj flash tastelessly showy "a flash car","a flashy ring","garish colors","a gaudy costume","loud sport shirts","a meretricious yet stylish book","tawdry ornaments"
    • v flash appear briefly "The headlines flashed on the screen"
    • v flash emit a brief burst of light "A shooting star flashed and was gone"
    • v flash make known or cause to appear with great speed "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
    • v flash protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal "flash the roof"
    • v flash run or move very quickly or hastily "She dashed into the yard"
    • v flash expose or show briefly "he flashed a $100 bill"
    • v flash display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously "he showed off his new sports car"
    • v flash gleam or glow intermittently "The lights were flashing"
    • n flash a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
    • n flash a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification "red flashes adorned the airplane","a flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to"
    • n flash a momentary brightness
    • n flash a sudden brilliant understanding "he had a flash of intuition"
    • n flash a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
    • n flash a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
    • n flash a gaudy outward display
    • n flash a short vivid experience "a flash of emotion swept over him","the flashings of pain were a warning"
    • n flash a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
    • n flash a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat) "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are approximately 2000 thunderstorms that are active at the same time which results in 100 lightning flashes a second.
    • Flash a lamp for providing intense momentary light to take a photograph; as, to take a picture without a flash .
    • Flash A pool.
    • Flash A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictitious strength to liquors.
    • Flash (Engineering) A reservoir and sluiceway beside a navigable stream, just above a shoal, so that the stream may pour in water as boats pass, and thus bear them over the shoal.
    • Flash (Journalism) A short news item providing recently received and usually preliminary information about an event that is considered important enough to interrupt normal broadcasting or other news delivery services; also called a news flash or bulletin.
    • Flash A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show. "The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind.""No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy."
    • Flash A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning.
    • Flash Same as flashlight.
    • Flash Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery.
    • n Flash Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
    • Flash The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period. "The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash ."
    • Flash To break forth, as a sudden flood of light; to burst instantly and brightly on the sight; to show a momentary brilliancy; to come or pass like a flash. "Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles.""The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind.""A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act."
    • Flash To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily. "Every hour
      He flashes into one gross crime or other."
    • Flash To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
    • Flash To convey as by a flash; to light up, as by a sudden flame or light; as, to flash a message along the wires; to flash conviction on the mind.
    • Flash (Glass Making) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing n., 3 .
    • Flash To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light. "The chariot of paternal Deity, Flashing thick flames."
    • Flash To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash. "He rudely flashed the waves about."
    • Flash To trick up in a showy manner. "Limning and flashing it with various dyes."
    • Flash Wearing showy, counterfeit ornaments; vulgarly pretentious; as, flash people; flash men or women; -- applied especially to thieves, gamblers, and prostitutes that dress in a showy way and wear much cheap jewelry.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In "Cliff Hanger" when the girl is dangling off Stallone’s arm, the camera flashes to the chopper and the old man in the picture is laughing.
    • flash To burst into sudden flame; specifically, to ignite and flare up with sudden and transient brilliancy; emit a bright flame for a moment: as, the flashing-point of oil; the powder flashed in the pan.
    • flash To burst forth with sudden brilliancy; break out in a transient or variable gleam or glitter; emit flashes; gleam: as, the lightning flashed continually.
    • flash To burst suddenly into view or perception; come or appear instantaneously: as, the scene flashed upon his sight; the solution of the problem flashed into his mind.
    • flash To burst suddenly into action; break out with sudden force or violence.
    • flash To come, move, or pass in a flashing manner; act as if in or by a flash: as, the dog flashed by in hot pursuit.
    • flash In glass-making, to expand, as blown glass, into a disk. See flashing, 1.
    • flash Hence, to fail after a showy or pretentious effort; act or strive without result; give up suddenly without accomplishing anything.
    • flash To emit or send forth in a sudden flash or flashes; cause to appear with sudden glitter.
    • flash To cause to flame up suddenly, as by ignition; produce a flash from.
    • flash To convey or send by instantaneous communication; cause to appear or be perceived suddenly or startlingly: as, to flash a message over the wires (of a telegraph).
    • flash To cause to appear flashy; trick up in a showy manner; streak; stripe.
    • flash In glass-making, to expand to a flat disk, as the blown globe or mass of glass, by revolving it in front of the furnace-mouth, which keeps it hot and ductile; hence, to apply a film of colored glass to by this process. See flashing, 1.
    • flash In electric lighting, to make (the carbon filament) incandescent. See flashing, 3.
    • n flash A sudden burst of flame or light; a light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a gleam: as, a flash from a gun.
    • n flash A sudden burst of something regarded as resembling light in its effect, as color, wit, glee, energy, passion, etc.; a short, vivid, and brilliant outburst; a momentary brightness or show.
    • n flash The time occupied by a flash of light; a very short period; a transient state; an instant.
    • n flash plural The hot stage of a fever.
    • n flash A showy or blustering person.
    • n flash A quibble; jugglery with words.
    • n flash A shoot of a plant.
    • n flash A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., used for coloring brandy and rum, and giving them a factitious strength.
    • n flash Hence— An unsuccessful effort or outburst; a brilliant endeavor followed by failure: said of an utterly abortive effort that has been made with much parade or confidence, of an ineffective outbreak of passion, etc.
    • flash To dash (water); sprinkle.
    • flash To splash; dash about, as water.
    • flash To increase the flow of water in; flood with water from a reservoir or otherwise, as a stream or a sewer; flush. See flashing.
    • flash To splash, as waves.
    • n flash A pool of water.
    • n flash A sluice or lock on a navigable river, just above a shoal, to raise the water while craft are passing.
    • n flash A body of water driven by violence.
    • flash Insipid; vapid.
    • flash Of or pertaining to or associated with thieves, knaves, vagabonds, prostitutes, etc.: applied especially to thieves' cant or jargon.
    • flash Vulgarly showy or gaudy: as, a flash dress; a flash style.
    • flash Expert; smart; crack.
    • flash In photography, to cover with an exceedingly thin layer, as of metal in a plating-bath.
    • n flash In electricity, an accidental electric arc of short duration and great intensity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Spirit of proof strength was the technical standard by which strength was measured until 1st January, 1980. Hundreds of years ago, spirit of this strength was proved when Whiskey and gunpowder were mixed and ignited. If the gunpowder flashed, then there was enough Whiskey in the mixture to permit ignition. Such Whiskey was held to have been proved - i.e. "tested". If the spirit was weaker than this, then ignition did not take place and the Whiskey failed the "test". The amount of black powder used was the same amount as was, and indeed still is, used to "proof" the barrels of smooth-bore fire-arms.
    • n Flash flash a momentary gleam of light: a sudden burst, as of merriment: a short transient state
    • v.i Flash to break forth, as a sudden light: to break out into intellectual brilliancy: to burst out into violence
    • v.t Flash to cause to flash: to expand, as blown glass, into a disc: to send by some startling or sudden means
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.”
  • William E. Rothschild
    William E. Rothschild
    “How rare and wonderful is that flash of a moment when we realize we have discovered a friend.”
  • David Grayson
    David Grayson
    “Goodness is uneventful. It does not flash, it glows.”
  • Henry David Thoreau
    “Knowledge does not come to us in details, but in flashes of light from heaven.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure its worth watching.”
  • Robert Collier
    “A single idea -- the sudden flash of a thought -- may be worth a million dollars.”


Flash in the pan - If something is a flash in the pan, it is very noticeable but doesn't last long, like most singers, who are very successful for a while, then forgotten.
In a flash - If something happens in a flash, it happens very quickly indeed.
Quick as a flash - If something happens quick as a flash, it happens very fast indeed.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. flaskien, vlaskien, to pour, sprinkle, dial. Sw. flasa, to blaze, E. flush, flare,


In literature:

Then he backed like a flash, dragging Noll back to the sidewalk with him.
"Uncle Sam's Boys in the Ranks" by H. Irving Hancock
Then his faded eyes flashed sudden intelligence.
"Marjorie Dean" by Pauline Lester
In the midst of it something bright was flashing in the sunlight.
"The New Tenant" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
Mascola's dark eyes, shining with anger, flashed over Gregory's shoulder to the door beyond.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
I saw this in the flash of rising, and then I turned about.
"Hurricane Island" by H. B. Marriott Watson
At that moment their eyes met, and a look of intelligence flashed between them.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Sordello sprang upon him, and a dagger flashed.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
There is a flash, a rattle and roll.
"My Days and Nights on the Battle-Field" by Charles Carleton Coffin
The best flash-light powder gives a flash about one ten-thousandth of a second in duration, but that is by no means the speed limit of the film.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science February 1930" by Various
She moved up before the editor and gazed with flashing eyes into his square-jawed face.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott

In poetry:

Into the sunshine,
Full of the light,
Leaping and flashing
From morn till night!
"The Fountain" by James Russell Lowell
When Walter saw the rogue,
He cried, "O, naughty Flash;"
And he showed his little whip
With a lash, lash, lash.
"Walter And His Dog" by Eliza Lee Follen
Like night's phantoms, with'ring
'Neath the glance of dawn,
Kings and priests dissolveth
Your full-flashing frown.
"Invocation" by Mathilde Blind
And then she lost her sight,
And lost all hope to find it;
But a fountain-well of light
Came flashing up behind it.
"The Girl That Lost Things" by George MacDonald
Mingling me and thee,
When like light of eyes
Flashed through thee and me
Truth shall make us free,
Liberty make wise;
"Christmas Antiphones" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
Priests talk of soul's salvation,
And shining lights afar,
But give me a harlot's laughter
And the battle flash of war.
"Mercenary's Song (AD 1600)" by General George S Patton Jnr

In news:

Lacresh Speach (left) and Eric Diggs, parents of a youth suspected of being in a flash.
A FAMILY COURT judge yesterday ordered nine of 11 teens accused of being flash-mob rioters to be taken away in handcuffs.
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When Gabby Douglas saw her father , carrying a large US flag on which he'd inscribed "Go Gabby Douglas, Love, Dad," she flashed a large smile and met his eyes for a few long seconds.
Wisps of smoke and fiery flashes of heat escape from the sonic cauldron of Min Xiao- Fen 's Asian Trio, at once ancient and timeless.
In a 14-2 vote, council sustained Mayor Frank Jackson's veto of an ordinance that would have banned the use of social media to organize flash mobs.
This may come as a shock to some of you, but the stretch of Highway 30 through Filer is a school zone and the posted speed limit–on signs with big flashing yellow lights–is 25 miles per hour.
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TODD YATES/CALLER-TIMES Contract crews construct a flash drum crude unit at the Valero Three Rivers Refinery to help process the Eagle Ford Shale oil supply.
Imagine not needing a flash card reader any more.
Kanguru FC-RW Portable Flash Card Burner.
Mobile Communications Game Changer or Flash in the Pan .
Controversy's effect on restaurant is just flash in the pan .
Send your food and garden queries to flash@ flashinthepan .net.
Flash in the Pan archives.

In science:

FLASH is implemented mostly in Fortran 90 and uses the Message-Passing Interface library (Gropp, Lusk, & Skjellum 1999) to achieve portability.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
FLASH makes use of modern ob ject-oriented software technology that allows for minimal effort to swap or add physics modules.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
In the following sections, we present the results of validating FLASH with two laboratory experiments.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
These efforts focus only on validating the principal hydrodynamics module in FLASH, and the validation of other code modules such as burning and gravity is the sub ject of ongoing research.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code
Because the intent of this work was validation of the hydrodynamics module in FLASH and because the difficult problem of validating a material equation of state for terrestrial materials is beyond the scope of our efforts, the simulations presented below made use of simple gamma-law equations of state.
On Validating an Astrophysical Simulation Code