Pronunciation: flăsh
v. i.1.To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
[imp. & p. p. Flashed (flăsht); p. pr. & vb. n. Flashing.]
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.
The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind.
- M. Arnold.
3.To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
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.
v. t.1.To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
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.
5.To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
Flashed glass
See Flashing, n., 3.
n.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.
6.Same as flashlight.
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
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.
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.
- Knight.
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.
- Macaulay.
n.1.Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
1.A pool.
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.
Noun1.flash - a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
2.flash - a momentary brightness
3.flash - a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning"
Synonyms: flashing
4.flash - a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of intuition"
5.flash - 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"
6.flash - a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
Synonyms: flare
7.Flashflash - a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
8.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"
9.Flashflash - a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
Verb1.flash - gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
Synonyms: twinkle, wink, winkle, blink
2.flash - appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"
3.flash - display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he showed off his new sports car"
4.flash - make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
5.flash - run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the yard"
Synonyms: dash, scoot, scud, dart, shoot
6.flash - expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill"
7.flash - protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; "flash the roof"
8.flash - emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and was gone"
Adj.1.flash - tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
1.(file format, World-Wide Web)Flash - (Or "Shockwave Flash") A file format for delivering interactive vector graphics and animation on the World-Wide Web, developed by Macromedia.

2.flash - 1. A program which allows one to flood another Unix user's terminal with garbage, through exploiting a common security hole in the victim's host's talk daemon. Users with "messages off" (mesg n) and users on systems running fixed talk daemons, or not running talk daemons at all, are immune.
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