Flash - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |flæʃ|  American pronunciation of the word flash
Brit.  |flaʃ|  British pronunciation of the word flash


- a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
- a momentary brightness
- a short vivid experience(syn: flashing)
- a sudden brilliant understanding
- a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)(syn: heartbeat, instant, jiffy, trice, twinkling, wink)
- a gaudy outward display (syn: fanfare, ostentation)
- a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate (syn: flare)

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- gleam or glow intermittently(syn: blink, twinkle, wink, winkle)
- appear briefly
- display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously (syn: flaunt, ostentate, swank)
- make known or cause to appear with great speed
- run or move very quickly or hastily (syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot)
- expose or show briefly
- protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal
- emit a brief burst of light


- tastelessly showy(syn: brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy)


Thunder rumbled and lightning flashed.

Cameras flashed as the celebrities passed.

A car was sitting on the side of the road with its lights flashing.

A message flashed on the screen.

The screen flashed a message in black letters.

Her eyes flashed with anger.

A brilliant flash lit up the sky.

The idea for the movie came to her in a flash of inspiration.

They relied on gimmicks and flash to get people's attention.

a show with a lot of flash but little substance

...flash floods in the local area...

Some men cut a flash without any fortune.

The flame vehemently flashed about.

Susette flashed round upon him with a brilliant smile.

The picture flashes out almost instantly.

Phrasal verbs

flash back  — return in time

Word forms

I/you/we/they: flash
he/she/it: flashes
present participle: flashing
past tense: flashed
past participle: flashed
singular: flash
plural: flashes
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