• WordNet 3.6
    • n flashing sheet metal shaped and attached to a roof for strength and weatherproofing
    • n flashing a short vivid experience "a flash of emotion swept over him","the flashings of pain were a warning"
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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.
    • Flashing (Glass Making) A mode of covering transparent white glass with a film of colored glass.
    • Flashing (Arch) Pieces of metal, built into the joints of a wall, so as to lap over the edge of the gutters or to cover the edge of the roofing; also, similar pieces used to cover the valleys of roofs of slate, shingles, or the like. By extension, the metal covering of ridges and hips of roofs; also, in the United States, the protecting of angles and breaks in walls of frame houses with waterproof material, tarred paper, or the like. Cf. Filleting.
    • Flashing (Engineering) The creation of an artifical flood by the sudden letting in of a body of water; -- called also flushing.
    • Flashing (Glass Making) The reheating of an article at the furnace aperture during manufacture to restore its plastic condition; esp., the reheating of a globe of crown glass to allow it to assume a flat shape as it is rotated.
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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.
    • n flashing In glass-making: The reheating of partially formed glassware in a flashing-furnace to restore the plastic condition, and to smooth rough edges.
    • n flashing The act or process of heating a globe of blown glass, and giving it a rapid rotary motion, so that the opening already made in it will widen till the globe flashes suddenly into a flat disk.
    • n flashing A mode of coating a globe of hot colorless glass with a film of colored glass, usually red, and blowing them together until they flash into a disk. Such glass is called flashed glass, or doubled glass, and is used for decorative purposes, as in glass-painting and glass-staining, of the richest as well as plainest sorts; also to give alternation of color, by grinding away the color in a design or pattern.
    • n flashing In architecture, pieces of lead, zinc, or other metal, used to protect the joining when a roof comes in contact with a wall, or when a chimney-shaft or other object comes through a roof, and the like. The metal is let into a joint or groove cut in the wall, etc., and folded down so as to lap over the joining. When the flashing is folded down over the upturned edge of the lead of a gutter, it is in Scotland called an apron.
    • n flashing In the manufacture of incandescent lamps, the operation of raising the carbon filament to incandescence in an atmosphere of coal-gas, for the purpose of hardening and smoothing the carbons, and equalizing their resistance.
    • n flashing The act of creating an artificial flood in a conduit or stream, as in a sewer for cleansing it, or at shallows in a river by penning up the water either in the river itself or in side reservoirs. See flushing.
    • n flashing In electricity, on commutators of direct-current dynamo-electric machines, the carrying of a spark from one brush to another, when it appears as a flash encircling the commutator-surface.
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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.
    • Flashing the act of blazing: a sudden burst, as of water
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  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “To see him act is like reading Shakespeare by flashes of lightning.”
  • Gaston Bachelard
    “To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.”
  • 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.”
  • 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.


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Prob. imit.; cf. Sw. prov. flasa, to blaze.


In literature:

It's just like a flash of sunshine in a storm.
"The Snowshoe Trail" by Edison Marshall
There was a flash and a loud report, and every one looked anxiously to see the effect.
"A Prisoner of Morro" by Upton Sinclair
The scrambling, chattering meal passed like a flash.
"Robert Elsmere" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
But Wilfred's face was black as night, and the gleam of a devil flashed in his eyes.
"Roger Trewinion" by Joseph Hocking
They held their heads high, too, and their eyes flashed with the haughty pride of those who considered themselves first.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
He lit it and soon found gun and flash.
"Hunters Out of Space" by Joseph Everidge Kelleam
The Wyoming State Airplane Patrol, gathered in a squadron by orders from Cheyenne, occasionally passed overhead, flashing huge white searchlights.
"The Fire People" by Ray Cummings
Discovery was evidently the last thing the hold-up men desired, for they disappeared like a flash, diving through the shrubbery behind them.
"The Girl and The Bill" by Bannister Merwin
A singular flash of understanding quicker than the lightning itself passed between the two.
"The Riflemen of the Ohio" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Nicholas flashed a glance of amusement at him.
"Antony Gray,--Gardener" by Leslie Moore

In poetry:

But in the chancel's solemn shade,
She saw a glamour sweet.
"Beloved!" said she, "was it you
Fled by with flashing feet;
"The Unseen Preacher" by Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward
On the sea a steamer's whistle
Blows like a rutting stag.
From mountains flashes a secret army's
Visible-invisible birth.
"Morning Hymn" by Franz Werfel
The foaming rapids rise and flash
A moment o'er her head,
And smiling as she sinks, she knows
Her foemen's course is sped;
"The Guide Of The Mohawks" by John Douglas Sutherland Campbell
There was a look of horror flashed
From out the tutor's eyes;
When all around him rose to pray,
The stranger did not rise!
"The Mysterious Visitor" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
Then flashed o'er the land the tidings,
The flush of joy to quell,
Fallen is the people's hero,
As William the Silent fell.
"Death Of President Lincoln" by Nora Pembroke
But the same rich, golden sunlight
Fell on the flowers and snow,
Like the smile of God that flashes
On hearts in joy or woe.
"Lake Como" by Abram Joseph Ryan

In news:

More than 1,000 people across Pakistan have been killed, and hundreds of thousands have been stranded by the monsoon flash floods.
Once you have downloaded the latest version of flash player, you will need to reload this page.
It is called the "Flash" package, and it contains the Browns' last glimmer of hope and interest.
Flash Flooding of Drainage Ditch -Marion.
Flash Flooding of Drainage Ditch close to 50th St and 8th Ave in Marion.
Nearly one week after an unexpected flash flood swept through a Wasilla neighborhood on Marilyn Circle, residents are trying to grasp the cost of clean-up and repairs.
Hawaii DTs carted off field, flash 'shaka' sign.
Hip-hop is more than rhymes — it's a lifestyle that goes beyond style and flash, and those fans who rely on mainstream commercial radio for their fix are missing out.
The stunning supermodel/actress graces the August cover of German GQ magazine, where she poses topless and flashes her right nipple.
HOUSTON—A Houston man planned for 9 months to put together this flash mob proposal with family and friends.
The Dane- Elec Marvel Universe USB flash drives give fans a double dose of comic-book goodness, with detailed figurines and bonus digital content.
Flashing lights aren't always enforceable .
Flash Floods Swamp Duluth, Minn.
NPR Oct 05, 2012 10:03 a.m. Update Required To play the media you will need to either update your browser to a recent version or update your Flash plugin.
Then, in January 2003, in just a flash, it was gone.

In science:

Kato, M. & Hachisu, I. A New Estimation of Mass Accumulation Efficiency in Helium Shell Flashes toward Type IA Supernova Explosions.
The expansion of the universe observed with supernovae
Flash-ADCs cycling at a rate of 40 MHz record the pulse heights as a function of time.
Physics of Extremely High Energy Cosmic Rays
Flash-algorithm track-reconstruction routines with speed factors 3000-4000 in excess those of traditional iterative routines are presented.
Analytical and Numerical Flash-Algorithms for Track Fits
The latter UHE ¯ντ imprint (added to other local astrophysical UHE ν production) could be already recorded as Upward Tau Air-Showers Terrestrial Gamma Flash (assumed secondaries γ of Upward Tau Air-Showers and Horizontal Tau Air-Showers).
Upward and Horizontal Tau Air-showers from Earth Crust Crowns: Traces of Highest Energy Neutrinos Beam Dump in Widest Volumes
Indeed the GRO observed Terrestrial Gamma Flashes, possibly correlated with the UPTAUs show the millisecond duration times.
Upward and Horizontal Tau Air-showers from Earth Crust Crowns: Traces of Highest Energy Neutrinos Beam Dump in Widest Volumes