Flash - definition, pronunciation, transcription

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


- a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
- a momentary brightness
- a short vivid experience (syn: flashing)
a flash of emotion swept over him
the flashings of pain were a warning
- a sudden brilliant understanding
he had a flash of intuition
- 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)
if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash
- a gaudy outward display (syn: fanfare, ostentation)
- a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate (syn: flare)
- a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story (syn: newsbreak)
- 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
- a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph


- gleam or glow intermittently (syn: blink, twinkle, wink, winkle)
The lights were flashing
- appear briefly
The headlines flashed on the screen
- display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously (syn: flaunt, show off, swank)
- make known or cause to appear with great speed
The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts
- run or move very quickly or hastily (syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot)
- expose or show briefly
he flashed a $100 bill
- protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal
flash the roof
- emit a brief burst of light
A shooting star flashed and was gone


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

Extra examples

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.

...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.

Lightning flashed overhead.

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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