Find the word definition

Crossword clues for flash

Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
flash
I.verb
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
a fit/flash/burst of temper (=when you are very angry for a short time)
▪ A businessman assaulted his wife and son in a fit of temper, a court heard yesterday.
a flash of inspiration (=a sudden good idea)
▪ A sudden flash of inspiration came to him.
a flash of light (=a bright light that appears suddenly for a very short time)
▪ A flash of light caught his attention.
a flash of lightning/a lightning flash (=a sudden light from lightning)
▪ Suddenly there was a flash of lightning and a roll of thunder.
▪ A series of lightning flashes crackled overhead.
a flash of lightning/a lightning flash (=a sudden light from lightning)
▪ Suddenly there was a flash of lightning and a roll of thunder.
▪ A series of lightning flashes crackled overhead.
a flash/trace/touch of humour (=a very small amount of humour)
▪ She replied with a rare flash of humour.
blinding flash
▪ Suddenly, I had a blinding flash of inspiration.
blinding flash/light/glare etc
▪ the desert with its strange twisted plants and its blinding light
flash a card (=show one very quickly)
▪ He flashed his ID card at the guard and walked straight in.
flash bulb
flash drive
flash memory
flash sb a grin (=smile quickly at someone)
▪ Flashing me a grin over her shoulder, she got into the car.
flash (sb) a smile (=give a quick smile)
▪ She flashed him a smile.
lightning flashes
▪ Lightning flashed in the sky, and there was a loud crash of thunder.
Quick as a flash (=very quickly)
Quick as a flash she replied, ‘That’s not what I’ve heard!’
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADVERB
across
▪ Her eyes flashed across to the clock once again.
▪ Newscasts of the chaotic minutes after the attack flash across nine video monitors.
▪ A D-V flashed across, firing and missing.
back
▪ Isabel's eyes flashed back to his face.
▪ When he had finished, he would flash back to the complete page and select a new subject for detailed examination.
▪ Nonsense, flashed back Jack Sandner, the chairman of Chicago's Merc.
▪ She flashed back to her discussion with Ted Wilkinson, reliving every moment in her mind.
▪ I flashed back in a friendly way and we fled.
▪ Little kids' grins flashed back at me: yes!
▪ My mind flashed back to those nights in Marcus Small Ward.
▪ Suddenly something she had heard her daddy read out from a newspaper flashed back to her.
by
▪ But the days flash by in a blur.
▪ Maybe it was the swirling water, or a bird that flashed by.
▪ Larger animals which are not subject to the whims of wind and current may flash by or come closer for a brief look.
▪ Perhaps life was flashing by like a tape player speeded up.
▪ The Envi poster flashed by, the woman's face laughing at me.
▪ The shunting stopped and movement began to slow, the whiteness of the sign South Kensington flashed by.
▪ Just a glance, flashing by, but I have time to see the accusation and hurt.
on
▪ It's getting dark, so the lights look extra pretty, flashing on and off.
▪ The light in the front room flashed on.
▪ It's a big white ambulance with a blue light on top, flashing on and off.
▪ Lights flashing on and off in my head.
▪ He walked towards the entrance; a fancy airlock system over which a large illuminated sign flashed on and off.
▪ Visual images flashed on and off at fractions of a second to imprint themselves on the subconscious mind.
▪ Dials and switches flashed on and off.
▪ A red light flashed on, but there was no apparent sound.
past
▪ A tearful itch tickled my lids as spoked hangovers flashed past.
▪ Had others pitied me as they flashed past.
▪ The decades would soon flash past and, in these harsh commercial days, time matters.
up
▪ A friendly palm flashes up from the shadows, like a pink glove.
▪ A Hindu deity with many arms flashes up on the screen.
▪ Its red hour-glass flashed up at him as the spider swirled in the motion of the water.
▪ Posi gave the warning - spacecraft approaching - and the screens flashed up the images.
▪ The blade flashed up and down.
▪ You half expect judges to flash up scores by way of a finale.
▪ The screen flashed up a weapons menu, requesting operator input.
▪ But it'd flashed up like neon in my head once or twice since then: Warning.
■ NOUN
brain
▪ Her body seemed determined to ignore the danger signals now at last flashing through her brain.
▪ A video screen flashes scans of the brain.
card
▪ William Yes.. He flashes a card.
▪ Returning workers flashed special identification cards issued by the union and walked in.
▪ Eyes averted, coins clanked into the tin, there was no need to flash the identity card.
▪ In all the confusion Guy Sterne had calmly flashed a credit card and whisked her away.
▪ I flashed my supermarket loyalty card and was in.
▪ When you flashed the Repo Man card I thought we'd been infiltrated.
▪ They said that they were police and flashed white cards.
face
▪ The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.
fire
▪ He threw it into a nearby fire, where it flashed brilliantly.
glance
▪ Zak flashed a glance at the crew, saw me and gave me a thumbs-up sign.
▪ She, who knew me well, understood and flashed a warning glance at me.
▪ Lucy flashed a startled glance at him.
grin
▪ Miller, obviously in charge, flashed a knowing grin.
▪ Karen looks back and flashes a big grin.
image
▪ The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.
▪ I sat down in the chair across from her and an image flashed into my mind.
▪ Visual images flashed on and off at fractions of a second to imprint themselves on the subconscious mind.
life
▪ Perhaps life was flashing by like a tape player speeded up.
▪ One's whole life did flash before one's eyes at the moment of death.
▪ Her life had just flashed past her eyes and wasn't it dull?
light
▪ It's a big white ambulance with a blue light on top, flashing on and off.
▪ Several dozen phone lights flashed continually on our telephone boards.
▪ The furious lights would flash past and we would move into the middle again.
▪ The sunlight struck the silver-plated candlesticks on the sideboard and sent stilettos of light flashing through the room.
▪ With sirens wailing and blue lights flashing the red fire engine sped through the city.
▪ When the lights are flashing the modem is receiving data; when they are dull the modem is in waiting.
▪ Upon the dashboard of a black Cadillac sedan parked in a nearby side-road a green light began to flash furiously.
▪ A string of colored Christmas lights flashed like jewels.
lightning
▪ The elements seemed very awesome. Lightning flashed again, brilliant as a fluorescent light.
▪ More lightning flashed overhead, followed by loud thunder.
▪ The lightning flashed again, but he was turning; the mutilated corpse was at the edge of his vision.
▪ Duvall moved forward to fire again, but Rohmer held his arm - pulling him back. Lightning flashed outside again.
look
▪ But spirited Patsy flashed a look of encouragement at him.
▪ She flashed me a look of astonishment.
▪ Ma flashes Pa an amazed look.
▪ I flashed the Monster a look of triumph and waited for the attention to begin.
message
▪ We go home at night to our hotel room, and the light on the phone is flashing with 50 more messages.
▪ Glover thought he saw eyes flash out the clear message that he could stick this clipping up his wazoo.
▪ These flashed their electric message through intervening night.
mind
▪ My mind flashed back to those nights in Marcus Small Ward.
screen
▪ As Britta watched, one of the three screens flashed blinding white as one of the three Counsellors was hit.
▪ A video screen flashes scans of the brain.
▪ Posi gave the warning - spacecraft approaching - and the screens flashed up the images.
▪ Many seemed resigned to defeat as two huge television screens flashed the grim news from East Coast precincts.
▪ Radar screens began flashing at the U. S. Capitol.
▪ The screen flashed up a weapons menu, requesting operator input.
sign
▪ The shunting stopped and movement began to slow, the whiteness of the sign South Kensington flashed by.
▪ He walked towards the entrance; a fancy airlock system over which a large illuminated sign flashed on and off.
▪ His shiny shoes pounded the sidewalks, and neon signs flashed the names of increasingly seedy nightclubs at him.
▪ Warning signs began to flash that abuses could occur in the police investigation of serious crime.
▪ But the warning signs are flashing before the league gets under way next week.
smile
▪ Vic hoots impatiently at the barrier; the security man's face appears at the window and flashes an ingratiating smile.
▪ The wiry Estrada flashes a partially capped smile as she gratefully recalls her first maquila job twisting electrical wires with latex-tipped fingers.
▪ The engine fired on the fourth kick and he flashed her a victorious smile.
▪ She flashes a crooked smile, the one she says makes her look like Popeye the Sailor.
▪ Back on the ship afterwards, she flashed the smile one more time - and then whisked away to her own cabin.
▪ Tia Flor confides to Yolanda, flashing her famous smile.
▪ Catching Stella watching him he flashed her an extravagant smile.
▪ He hands them over, and you flash an uncomfortable smile.
tooth
▪ She had scarcely finished clapping enthusiastically when she found him next to her, smiling and flashing his pearl-white teeth.
▪ Two more of the creatures hovered around the craft, walking over the wings and flashing their teeth at the hysterical passengers.
▪ She flashed her teeth at me.
torch
▪ When she took off her glasses the sun caught her eyes and made them flash like green torches.
▪ Blagg had tried a brief smile when Maxim flashed the torch on himself for identification, but didn't speak.
▪ He flashed his torch up on to the walls and had another look at the barbed wire.
▪ Up in the bows, one of the bureaucrats flashed a torch twice, waited five seconds and repeated the signal.
▪ At intervals I wandered round the camp, flashing my powerful torch into the darkness.
warning
▪ A sudden hiss came from the radiator and simultaneously the overheating signal on the dash flashed a warning red.
▪ She, who knew me well, understood and flashed a warning glance at me.
▪ Drivers are flashed a warning if their vehicles break an infra-red beam projected across the road.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
go/run/flash etc through sb's mind
▪ I began to wonder what might be going through her mind.
▪ Over and over it ran through his mind.
▪ Perhaps more mundane thoughts went through her mind.
▪ The one occasion which was flashing through Yanto's mind at this moment involved just three of the local water babies.
▪ The past twenty-two months flashed through my mind like film run at high speed, and suddenly I felt rather tired.
▪ The thought ran through my mind I heard chaos outside.
▪ This was staggering new information, and all kinds of ideas were flashing through our minds.
▪ Who lived there and what was going through their minds?
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ A police car sped through the intersection, lights flashing.
▪ Detective Mallory flashed his badge as he walked through the door.
▪ He flashed his membership card as passed through the door.
▪ Lightning flashed across the sky.
▪ Lightning flashed and thunder rolled.
▪ Two police officers burst in, the latter hurriedly flashing his ID card at her as they made their way upstairs.
▪ Why did that guy flash his headlights at me?
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ He remembers thinking in amazement that his name also was being flashed on screens in thousands of other movie theaters.
▪ If it flashes heavily, turn it down.
▪ It's like she flashed a bright light in my eyes, and I have to look away.
▪ Muskets were swung as clubs, pistols were fired point-blank, and swords flashed and clanged.
▪ Returning workers flashed special identification cards issued by the union and walked in.
▪ When she took off her glasses the sun caught her eyes and made them flash like green torches.
II.noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
blinding
▪ Full awareness and memory returned in a blinding flash.
▪ In a blinding flash, everything fell into place.
▪ We'd only gone a short distance from the trees when suddenly we were hit by a blinding flash.
▪ She was aware of a blinding flash of pain as he mastered her, and groaned weakly.
▪ But something was telling her it was no slip - and then, in a blinding flash, she knew!
brief
▪ There was a brief flash of white that could have been Faith, then nothing.
▪ Theatrical characters are designed to be interpreted, but only in the brief flashes of performance.
▪ As he left she caught a brief flash of sapphire from his head.
▪ He enjoyed the brief flash of jealousy and the home comforts.
bright
▪ Straightaway I went off and had a bright red flash put in across the front of my hair.
▪ As they walked upstairs, there was a bright flash of lightning outside, followed by loud thunder.
▪ Chen stood up, a cry coming to his lips as he saw the bright flash of a knife being drawn.
brilliant
▪ The witnesses would say later that the searingly brilliant white flash seemed to last for several seconds.
▪ Over 20, 000 residents are awakened by a brilliant flash of light and heat to find their city in flames.
▪ Then, when it is all over ... Out of the darkness there came a single brilliant flash.
▪ The brilliant flash of wing colours in the Butterfly House are alone worth a visit.
▪ The water poured off the roofs in torrents, and thunderstorms rent the night skies with brilliant flashes of lightning.
hot
▪ As annoying as hot flashes may be, remember that menopause is a temporary condition.
▪ Credited with everything from obliterating hot flashes to relieving pain, soy is one of the current health-media darlings.
▪ If one of us goes through menopause, we all suffer a collective hot flash.
▪ Estrogen replacement relieves such symptoms of menopause as hot flashes and night sweats, reduces bone loss and relieves vaginal dryness.
▪ But besides estrogen therapy there are no medical therapies known to stop the hot flashes and improve sleep.
▪ Sleeping pills are not recommended for women who awake because of hot flashes.
occasional
▪ Both men fired repeatedly, guided by the occasional flash of a rifle ahead of them.
▪ It never happened, despite occasional flashes and poignant near-misses.
▪ Mark Bassey on trombone and lain Dixon on reeds Punchy and cogent music, with occasional flashes of humour.
▪ A slight breeze picks up and you see only occasional flashes of distant lightning that still illuminate the whole sky.
▪ Speelman has the reputation of being a very solid player with occasional flashes of mercurial originality and brilliance.
quick
▪ The days of numbing despair had been reduced to quick flashes of temper that Duvall always managed to calm.
sudden
▪ She had a sudden flash of a daydream.
▪ Nick spotted it by the sudden flash of light on its chassis, then put it from his mind.
▪ I can knit, thought Leonora with a sudden flash of self-knowledge.
▪ Three hours' extremely cold and tedious observation had been ruined by the sudden flash of this light several years earlier.
▪ A sudden flash of annoyance went through him.
white
▪ The witnesses would say later that the searingly brilliant white flash seemed to last for several seconds.
▪ At that moment, there came a terrible white flash, brighter than the Sun, which temporarily blinded me.
■ NOUN
lightning
▪ As I found out later, a metal necklace he was wearing had taken the full brunt of the lightning flash.
▪ In the distance I can hear the rumble of thunder and see lightning flash from cloud to cloud.
▪ Friend's triumph flared like a lightning flash.
▪ I see those lightning flashes again, colors striking.
▪ Thunder rolled up from his chest, and lightning flashes glittered in his eyes.
▪ It was like that endless moment, Sabine thought, between the lightning flash and the first crackle of thunder.
▪ This fortuitous cooperation of lightning flashes and motor car exhausts was producing results in fairly populated areas at night.
news
▪ Important deaths come in special news flashes, or as the first item, not at the end.
▪ This is not a news flash to the twins.
▪ A radio playing somewhere was interrupted by a news flash.
■ VERB
blind
▪ The captain and rear admiral, viewing the aircraft-launching operations from the island, are blinded by the flash.
▪ The onlookers, blinded by the flash, burned by its searing heat, covered their eyes and cringed in terror.
▪ A blinding flash illuminated the darkness, and the terrible discharge of musketry resounded through the woods.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ a flash of lightning
▪ There was a bright flash of light as the bomb exploded.
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ As annoying as hot flashes may be, remember that menopause is a temporary condition.
▪ I think people thought in the beginning I was going to be a flash in the pan, like Tiny Tim.
▪ If one of us goes through menopause, we all suffer a collective hot flash.
▪ The mints must be hard and dry for the best results and some produce, as I have seen, impressive flashes.
▪ The muzzle flash that accompanied their arrival came from inside the house.
▪ When a flash of lightning lit up the sky to the south we decided we'd better go now!
▪ With a terrible flash that all but blinded the onlookers the island vanished, around it the storm of magical energy.
III.adjective
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
Flash fires swept through the Los Angeles foothills last night.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Flash

Flash \Flash\, n.; pl. Flashes.

  1. A sudden burst of light; a flood of light instantaneously appearing and disappearing; a momentary blaze; as, a flash of lightning.

  2. A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius; a momentary brightness or show.

    The flash and outbreak of a fiery mind.
    --Shak.

    No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy.
    --Wirt.

  3. The time during which a flash is visible; an instant; a very brief period.

    The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash.
    --Bacon.

  4. A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for coloring and giving a fictitious strength to liquors.

  5. a lamp for providing intense momentary light to take a photograph; as, to take a picture without a flash.

    Syn: flashbulb, photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun.

  6. Same as flashlight. [informal]

  7. (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 light, or Flashing light, a kind of light shown by lighthouses, produced by the revolution of reflectors, so as to show a flash of light every few seconds, alternating with periods of dimness.
    --Knight.

    Flash in the pan, the flashing of the priming in the pan of a flintlock musket without discharging the piece; hence, sudden, spasmodic effort that accomplishes nothing.

Flash

Flash \Flash\, a.

  1. Showy, but counterfeit; cheap, pretentious, and vulgar; as, flash jewelry; flash finery.

  2. 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.

    Flash house, a house frequented by flash people, as thieves and whores; hence, a brothel. ``A gang of footpads, reveling with their favorite beauties at a flash house.''
    --Macaulay.

Flash

Flash \Flash\ (fl[a^]sh), v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flashed (fl[a^]sht); p. pr. & vb. n. Flashing.] [Cf. OE. flaskien, vlaskien to pour, sprinkle, dial. Sw. flasa to blaze, E. flush, flare.]

  1. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.

  2. 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.
    --Talfourd.

    The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind.
    --M. Arnold.

    A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act.
    --Tennyson.

  3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.

    Every hour He flashes into one gross crime or other.
    --Shak.

    flash in the pan, a failure or a poor performance, especially after a normal or auspicious start; also, a person whose initial performance appears augur success but who fails to achieve anything notable. From 4th pan, n., sense 3 -- part of a flintlock. Occasionally, the powder in the pan of a flintlock would flash without conveying the fire to the charge, and the ball would fail to be discharged. Thus, a good or even spectacular beginning that eventually achieves little came to be called a flash in the pan.

    To flash in the pan, to fail of success, especially after a normal or auspicious start. [Colloq.] See under Flash, a burst of light.
    --Bartlett.

    Syn: Flash, Glitter, Gleam, Glisten, Glister.

    Usage: Flash differs from glitter and gleam, denoting a flood or wide extent of light. The latter words may express the issuing of light from a small object, or from a pencil of rays. Flash differs from other words, also, in denoting suddenness of appearance and disappearance. Flashing differs from exploding or disploding in not being accompanied with a loud report. To glisten, or glister, is to shine with a soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears, or flowers wet with dew.

Flash

Flash \Flash\, n. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.

Flash

Flash \Flash\, n. [OE. flasche, flaske; cf. OF. flache, F. flaque.]

  1. A pool. [Prov. Eng.]
    --Haliwell.

  2. (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 wheel (Mech.), a paddle wheel made to revolve in a breast or curved water way, by which water is lifted from the lower to the higher level.

Flash

Flash \Flash\ (fl[a^]sh), v. t.

  1. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.

    The chariot of paternal Deity, Flashing thick flames.
    --Milton.

  2. 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.

  3. (Glass Making) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different color. See Flashing, n., 3 (b) .

  4. To trick up in a showy manner.

    Limning and flashing it with various dyes.
    --A. Brewer.

  5. [Perh. due to confusion between flash of light and plash, splash.] To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash. [Obs.]

    He rudely flashed the waves about.
    --Spenser.

    Flashed glass. See Flashing, n., 3.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
flash

Middle English flashen, flasken (c.1200), "sprinkle or splash (water, powder, etc.); to gush forth;" probably at least partly imitative (compare splash, dash). from c.1400, of birds, "to dart or flit" also, of fire, "burst into flames." Some of the extended senses perhaps are from Scandinavian. Meanings "burst suddenly into view" (intransitive) and "emit or send forth suddenly" (transitive) are from 1580s. the Sense of "expose the genitals" is recorded by 1846. Related: Flashed; flashing. Flash card is from 1923.

flash

1560s, "sudden burst of flame or light," from flash (v.); originally of lightning. Figuratively (of wit, laughter, anger, etc.) from c.1600. Meaning "period occupied by a flash, very short time" is from 1620s. Sense of "superficial brilliancy" is from 1670s. Meaning "first news report" is from 1857. The comic book character dates to 1940. Meaning "photographic lamp" is from 1913. Flash cube (remember those?) is from 1965.\n

\nFlash in the pan (1704 literal, 1705 figurative) is from old-style firearms, where the powder might ignite in the pan but fail to spark the main charge; hence figurative sense "brilliant outburst followed by failure."

flash

"sudden rush of water," 1660s, earlier "watery place or marsh, a swamp" (c.1400; in place names from c.1300), of uncertain origin or connection to flash (n.1); perhaps from Old French flache, from Middle Dutch vlacke. Flash flood is from 1940.

flash

from flash (v.) in various and unconnected senses, often slang; sense of "of or associated with thieves, prostitutes, etc." is from c.1700. That of "vulgar, showy" is from 1785 (it is older in flashy). That of "expert, smart" is from 1812.

Wiktionary
flash

Etymology 1

  1. 1 (context British and New Zealand slang English) expensive-looking and demanding attention; stylish; showy. 2 (context UK of a person English) Having plenty of ready money. 3 (context UK of a person English) Liable to show off expensive possessions or money. 4 (context US slang English) Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously. n. 1 A sudden, short, temporary burst of light. 2 (context figurative English) A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius. 3 (context linguistics English) A language, created by a minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics. 4 A very short amount of time. 5 material left around the edge of a mould part at the parting line of the mould. 6 (context Cockney English) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders. 7 (context US colloquial English) A flashlight or electric torch. 8 A light used for photography - a shortened form of camera flash. 9 (context juggling English) A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once. 10 (context archaic English) A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for colouring liquor to make it look stronger. v

  2. 1 To briefly illuminate a scene. 2 To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently. 3 To be visible briefly. Etymology 2

    n. 1 A pool. 2 (context engineering English) 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.

WordNet
flash

adj. tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments" [syn: brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy]

flash
  1. n. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

  2. a momentary brightness

  3. a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning" [syn: flashing]

  4. a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition"

  5. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat); "if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash" [syn: blink of an eye, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute]

  6. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate [syn: flare]

  7. a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story [syn: news bulletin, newsflash, newsbreak]

  8. 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"

  9. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph [syn: photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun, flashbulb, flash bulb]

flash
  1. v. gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing" [syn: blink, wink, twinkle, winkle]

  2. appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"

  3. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car" [syn: flaunt, show off, ostentate, swank]

  4. make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"

  5. run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard" [syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot]

  6. expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill"

  7. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; "flash the roof"

  8. emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and was gone"

Wikipedia
FLASH

FLASH, acronym of Free Electron LASer in Hamburg, a particle accelerator-based soft X-ray laser located at the DESY accelerator facilities in Hamburg, Germany. It can generate very powerful, ultrashort pulses (~10 s) of coherent radiation in the energy range 10 eV ( electronvolt) to 200 eV. It started operation for external users in the year 2005 and is used for surface, molecular and atomic physics experiments. Intended applications are also the imaging of single biological complex molecules with time resolution.

Flash (Moving Sidewalks album)

Flash (1969) is an album by Moving Sidewalks.

Flash (novel)

Flash is a science fiction novel by L. E. Modesitt published in 2004.

Flash (1997 film)

Flash is a drama film, released in theaters that was originally shown on The Wonderful World of Disney.

Flash (band)

Flash was an English progressive rock group, formed by former Yes guitarist Peter Banks and vocalist Colin Carter in August 1971. Bassist Ray Bennett, and Mike Hough on drums completed the line-up.

Flash (comics)

The Flash is the name of several fictional characters appearing in comic books published by DC Comics. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1 (January 1940). Nicknamed the "Scarlet Speedster", all incarnations of the Flash possess " super speed", which includes the ability to run and move extremely fast, use superhuman reflexes, and seemingly violate certain laws of physics.

Thus far, four different characters – each of whom somehow gained the power of "super-speed" – have assumed the mantle of the Flash in DC's history: college athlete Jay Garrick (1940–1951, 1961-present), forensic scientist Barry Allen (1956–1985, 2008–present), Barry's nephew Wally West (1986–2011, 2016–present), and Barry's grandson Bart Allen (2006–2007). Each incarnation of the Flash has been a key member of at least one of DC's premier teams: the Justice Society of America, the Justice League, and the Teen Titans.

The Flash is one of DC Comics' most popular characters and has been integral to the publisher's many reality-changing "crisis" storylines over the years. The original meeting of the Golden Age Flash Jay Garrick and Silver Age Flash Barry Allen in " Flash of Two Worlds" (1961) introduced the Multiverse storytelling concept to DC readers, which would become the basis for many DC stories in the years to come. Like his Justice League colleagues Superman and Batman, the Flash has a disgusting and distinctive cast of adversaries, including the various Rogues (unique among DC supervillains for their code of honor) and the various psychopathic "speedsters" who go by the name Reverse-Flash. Other supporting characters in Flash stories include Barry's wife Iris West, Wally's wife Linda Park, friendly fellow speedster Max Mercury, and Central City police department members David Singh and Patty Spivot.

A staple of the comic book DC Universe, the Flash has been adapted to numerous DC films, video games, animated series, and live-action television shows. In live action, Barry Allen has been portrayed by John Wesley Shipp and Grant Gustin in the 1990 The Flash series and the 2014 The Flash series, respectively, as well as by Ezra Miller in the DC Extended Universe series of films, beginning with Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016). Shipp also portrays a version of Jay Garrick in the 2014 The Flash series. The various incarnations of the Flash also feature in animated series such as Superman: The Animated Series, Justice League, Batman: The Brave and the Bold and Young Justice, as well as the DC Universe Original Animated Movies series.

Flash (photography)

A flash is a device used in photography producing a flash of artificial light (typically 1/1000 to 1/200 of a second) at a color temperature of about 5500 K ( Kelvin) to help illuminate a scene. A major purpose of a flash is to illuminate a dark scene. Other uses are capturing quickly moving objects or changing the quality of light. Flash refers either to the flash of light itself or to the electronic flash unit discharging the light. Most current flash units are electronic, having evolved from single-use flashbulbs and flammable powders. Modern cameras often activate flash units automatically.

Flash units are commonly built directly into a camera. Some cameras allow separate flash units to be mounted via a standardized "accessory mount" bracket (a hot shoe). In professional studio equipment, flashes may be large, standalone units, or studio strobes, powered by special battery packs or connected to mains power. They are either synchronized with the camera using a flash synchronization cable or radio signal, or are light-triggered, meaning that only one flash unit needs to be synchronized with the camera, and in turn triggers the other units, called slaves.

Flash (G.I. Joe)

Flash is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's original laser rifle trooper and debuted in 1982.

Flash (2007 film)

Flash is a Malayalam psychological thriller film released in December 2007 directed by Sibi Malayil starring Mohanlal. The film is a suspense thriller dealing with some harrowing experiences of the female central character.

Flash (Stéphanie song)

"Flash", also recorded in an English-language version under the title "One Love to Give", is a 1986 song recorded by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. It was the second single of her first album, Besoin. Released at the end of 1986, it was a hit in several countries, including Sweden where it reached number one on the chart.

Flash (pinball)

Flash is a 1979 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie and released by Williams. There is no connection between the game and the comics character.

Flash (Electric Food album)

Flash is the second and final album by Electric Food. Soon after its release, the core of band formed Asterix and recorded one album: Asterix. Less than a year later Asterix would change their name to Lucifer's Friend. In 2004 Electric Food and Flash were released on one CD by Mason Records. Both Electric Food albums sound very similar to Lucifer's Friend's debut but include strong influences from Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, and Spooky Tooth.

Flash (juggling)

In toss juggling, a flash is either a form of numbers juggling where each ball in a juggling pattern is only thrown and caught once or it is a juggling trick where every prop is simultaneously in the air and both hands are empty.

The former is considered by some not to be real juggling, however the term is used to distinguish the flash from the more continuous qualify or qualifying juggle, wherein every prop must be thrown and caught at least twice. For some tricks the number of throws and catches to complete a juggling cycle for that trick is not simply a multiple of the number of objects being juggled. For example a three-ball cascade, one throw and catch per ball means three throws and three catches. However, for a four-ball Mills Mess, this means six throws & catches, as one round of the pattern requires six throws to complete it.

The second meaning of a 'flash' when all props are in the air is a term that may be related to the fact that it allows a "flashy" move to be performed by the juggler, such as a clap or a pirouette. A three-ball flash is considered a good preparation for learning the five-ball cascade pattern.

Flash (Barry Allen)

The Flash (Barry Allen) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. Barry Allen is the second character to be known as the Flash. The character first appeared in Showcase #4 (October 1956), created by writer Robert Kanigher and penciler Carmine Infantino. His name combines talk show hosts Barry Gray and Steve Allen.

The Flash's power consists mainly of superhuman speed. His abilities allow him to move at the speed of light, and in some stories, even beyond that real-world limit. Various other effects such as intangibility are also attributed to his ability to control the speed of molecular vibrations. The Flash wears a distinct red and gold costume treated to resist friction and wind resistance, traditionally storing the costume compressed inside a ring.

Barry's classic stories introduced the concept of the Multiverse to DC Comics, and this concept played a large part in DC's various continuity reboots over the years. The Flash has traditionally always had a significant role in DC's major company-wide reboot stories, and in 1985's crossover Crisis on Infinite Earths, Barry died saving the Multiverse, removing the character from the regular DC lineup for 23 years. His return to regular comics occurred subsequently in 2008 within the pages of Grant Morrison's Final Crisis crossover story and Geoff Johns' accompanying The Flash: Rebirth limited series. He has since played a pivotal role in the crossover stories Blackest Night (2009), Flashpoint (2011),and DC Rebirth (2016).

Allen has appeared in various adaptations in other media, John Wesley Shipp played the character in the 1990 CBS television series and Grant Gustin currently plays the character in the 2014 CW television series. The character is played by Ezra Miller in the DC Extended Universe, beginning with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, followed by Justice League in 2017, and a standalone film, The Flash, set for release in 2018.

Flash (Jay Garrick)

Jay Garrick is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He is the first superhero to call himself The Flash. The character was created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, and first appeared in the comic book Flash Comics #1 (1940).

After a bizarre laboratory accident, he acquired the ability to move at superhuman speed and chose to fight crime as a costumed vigilante, calling himself "the Flash". Jay Garrick has made numerous appearances in other media, including his live-action debut as a cameo on Smallville played by Billy Mitchell, and later in The Flash portrayed by John Wesley Shipp.

Flash (video gamer)

Lee Young-ho (born 5 July 1992 이영호) is a South Korean professional StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty player who played under the alias By.FlaSh or simply Flash. For his entire career, Lee Young-ho played for the Korean pro-gaming team KT Rolster. He retired in December 2015. and He started his personally broadcast in February 2016 by Afreeca (personal broadcasting platform)

Flash (EP)

Flash (stylized as FLASH) is Japanese singer-songwriter Crystal Kay's second extended play, and her first release in 2010. It was released throughout Japan on June 16, 2010.

Flash (B.B.E. song)

"Flash" is a song by Italian-French trance music act B.B.E.. It was released in January 1997 as the second single from their debut album, Games. As a representative of the short-lived dream trance sound, the song became a top 20 hit worldwide, most notably reaching number 6 in Spain and number 5 in the United Kingdom.

Flash (Amoyamo album)

Flash is the debut studio album by Japanese pop duo Amoyamo. The album peaked at #30 on the Oricon albums chart.

Flash (Krentz novel)

Flash is a contemporary romance written by Jayne Ann Krentz. It was released in hardback in October 1998 and soon named a Romantic Times top pick.

Flash (Queen song)

"Flash" is a song by the British rock band Queen. Written by guitarist Brian May, "Flash" is the theme song of the 1980 film Flash Gordon. The soundtrack released to coincide with the film contained only the music composed and performed by Queen.

There are two versions of the song. The album version ("Flash's Theme") is in fact the start to the movie, with all the dialogue from the first scene. The single version features dialogue cut from various parts of the movie, most memorably, Brian Blessed's character exclaiming "Gordon's alive?!" This version was also included on the Greatest Hits compilation from 1981.

Flash is sung as a duet between Freddie Mercury and Brian May, with Roger Taylor adding the high harmonies. May plays all of the instruments except for the rhythm section. He used an Imperial Bösendorfer Grand Piano (with 97 keys instead of 88, having an extra octave on the low range), Oberheim OBX synth (which he plays in the video) and his homemade Red Special electric guitar.

On the U.S. charts, "Flash's Theme aka Flash" reached #42 on the Billboard Hot 100. It peaked at #39 on the Cash Box Top 100. It fared much better in Europe, where it was a Top 10 hit in most nations, including #1 in Austria. In Australia and New Zealand, the song reached #6.

Flash (tattoo)

A tattoo flash is a stereotypical tattoo design printed or drawn on paper or cardboard, and may be regarded as a species of industrial design. It is typically displayed on the walls of tattoo parlors and in binders to give walk-in customers ideas for tattoos. Most traditional tattoo flash was designed for rapid tattooing and used in "street shops" - tattoo shops that handle a large volume of generic tattoos for walk-in customers.

Flash is either drawn by the individual tattooer for display and used in their own studio, or traded and sold among other tattooers. Hand-drawn, local tattoo flash was largely replaced by professional "flash artists" who produced prints of copyrighted flash and sold them at conventions or through the Internet. By 2000, most tattoo studios have become custom shops with the flash serving as more of a reference for ideas. Most designs are created by the tattoo artist from an idea brought in by the customer. There is no standard size for tattoo flash, but it is most commonly found on 11x14 inch prints in North America, and at A3 paper size in Europe. Tattoo flash may or may not come with an outline, also known as a line drawing. This outline is typically printed on a separate sheet. This is convenient for the tattoo artist, who would otherwise have to draw the linework for themselves.

Flash (manufacturing)

Flash, also known as flashing, is excess material attached to a molded, forged, or cast product, which must usually be removed. This is typically caused by leakage of the material between the two surfaces of a mold (beginning along the parting line) or between the base material and the mold (in the case of overmolding). Molding flash is seen when the optimized parameter on cull height is not calibrated. Proper design of mold parting surfaces can reduce or eliminate flash.

Molding flash can be caused from old or worn mold cavities that no longer fit tightly together. Other times, the complexity of the part requires so many mating pieces with such precise geometries that it is almost impossible to create a perfect fit on every impression. Most often, the type of material being molded, and its attendant viscosity in its liquid form, is the primary factor that leads to the creation of the unwanted mold flash.

The process of removing flash, known as deflashing, is commonly performed via cutting, breaking, grinding, or tumbling. Some foundries use robot autogrinders to remove this unwanted material. It is very typical for molders to have their operators trim flash with hand tools at the molding machine between cycles. Many molders and OEMs seek out the use of batch processes including vibratory tumbling, cryogenic deflashing or media blasting to remove unwanted flash from large batches of parts.

Flash (Towa Tei album)

Flash is the fifth solo album from Japanese electronic musician Towa Tei. It was released in 2005 in Japan only.

The album is electronic-based, with obvious influences of house music and drum and bass styles, and the input on several tracks from former Fantastic Plastic Machine member Toshiyuki Yasuda.

The album includes a cover version of The Knack's 1979 hit " My Sharona" and the hit single " Sometime Samurai" which is a collaboration with Kylie Minogue. Minogue and Tei collaborated previously on Tei's 1998 album Sound Museum.

Flash (Jeff Beck album)

Flash is the fourth studio album by guitarist Jeff Beck, released in July 1985 through Epic Records. The album reached No. 39 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart as well as reaching the top 60 in four other countries. Two singles also charted: the first being a reunion with singer Rod Stewart (from the Jeff Beck Group) for a cover of " People Get Ready" by The Impressions, which reached No. 5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock and No. 48 on the Hot 100, as well as the top 40 in four other countries. The second single, " Gets Us All in the End", reached No. 20 on Mainstream Rock. The instrumental "Escape" went on to win the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammys, which was to be Beck's first of many such awards.

Flash (newspaper)

Flash was the first genuine community newsletter/newspaper of Auckland City in New Zealand and ran from 1977 to 1982. It was started by Vince Terrini, an architect, Auckland University School of Architecture lecturer, and creator of the Cheer Up Party, who was elected Chairman of the Westmere, Grey Lynn Community Committee in 1977. It was used to inform the local community on what was happening in the area. It ran for 31 issues from November 1977 to February 1982. Its circulation areas were essentially run-down working class suburbs, with some middle class housing in western Westmere. Flash's main preoccupation was addressing the unbalanced representation on the Auckland City Council, which was perceived by Westmere and Grey Lynn residents to be dominated by wealthy Remuera-based councillors. Local people felt that they had no say on the creation of the North Western Motorway, town planning, the extension of Queen Street to Dominion Road and New North Road through Basque Park Reserve and the lead pollution from petrol that had been inflicted on the area and was to be perpetuated with the new motorway. It was printed from a general administration grant given to community committees by the Auckland City Council.

Terrini enlisted the help of local artist and poet Christodoulos Moisa to help edit and print the publication. It slowly expanded to more pages to become a small newspaper. With the involvement of Moisa a Newton sub-branch of the committee was set up and Moisa was elected as its Chairperson. Some issues of Flash featured poems by local writers such as Iain Sharp, and cartoons by Moisa and well-known architect and cartoonist Malcolm Walker.

Flash was replaced by the Inner City News, a tabloid that closed in 1990 (and in turn was replaced by the Auckland City News). This led to the creation of community newspapers for all other suburbs of Auckland.

Usage examples of "flash".

The artillery attempted to unlimber and to bring their guns to bear again, but the confusion that prevailed in the crowded spot rendered this next to impossible, and long before it could be accomplished the iron hail again swept through the ranks, and two rattling volleys from their invisible foes behind the flanking abattis again flashed out.

Deputy Dave Saunders had an iron grip on the wheel and a determined set in his jaw as he drove his squad car through Abney, lights flashing, and veered onto Service Road 221.

Or what a terrorist might carry, some soft-eyed boy from Adana, slung over his shoulder, Kalashnikov, sweet whisper in the dark, with a flash suppressor and folding stock.

And herself, swifter than the flash of an eye or the shafts of the sun, when it rises upwards from a far-distant land, hastened swiftly through the sea, until she reached the Aeaean beach of the Tyrrhenian mainland.

Four men with Bull Pups aimed the 20mm lasered airburst rounds at the muzzle flashes in the darkness.

Small boys came running to roadsides to watch the lines of riders all ajingle on their tall chargers, the pennons fluttering at the sparkling steel tips of the long, polished lances of ashwood, sunbeams flashing from plumed helmets, cuirasses and hilts of sabers and dirks.

The idea flashed through my mind that it might be Hassan of Aleppo himself, Hassan who had predicted that the stolen slipper should that day be returned to the Museum!

Cameras flashed from all around the room as parents acted to preserve the moment.

FLASH priority, addressee USS Allentown, currently orbiting in the VACAPES OPAREA.

OFF severmorsk naval complex USS allentown As the radioman handed Commander Henry Duckett the flash message, he felt the eyes of the crewmen on him, awaiting word to launch the Javelins.

Gretel and Lena, the Alsatian sisters, all smiles and dimples, their ringlets flashing as they fluttered to and fro between the tables and the kitchen hatch.

That flashed on altars died away in dark, And when the flowers, with all their perfumed breath And beauteous bloom, lie withered on the shrine.

She flashed a quick glance at Andi to see if she was being supportive.

The ankylosaur turned and turned in her pen as the arc welders flashed and hissed and snapped.

It was then that he first noticed the anomalies in the Parthalonian landscape, as its familiar beauty flashed by below him.