flashflash1 /flæʃ/ ●●○S3 verb1shine [intransitive, transitive]SHINE to shine suddenly and brightly for a short time, or to make something shine in this wayLightning flashed overhead.flash something into/at/towards somebody/somethingWhy is that guy flashing his headlights at me?Red warning lights flashed on and off (=shone for a short time and then stopped shining).► see thesaurus at shine2pictures [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]AMSHOW/LET somebody SEE something to be shown quickly on television, on a computer, or on a filmflash across/onto/past etcImages of the war flashed across the screen.3 →flash through somebody’s mind/head/brain4 →flash a smile/glance/look etc (at somebody)5show something quickly [transitive]SHOW/LET somebody SEE something to show something to someone for only a short timeHe flashed his identification card.► see thesaurus at show6news/information [transitive always + adverb/preposition]TCB to send news or information somewhere quickly by radio, computer, or satelliteflash something across/to somethingReporters at the scene flashed the news to their offices.7move quickly [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]FAST/QUICK to move very quicklyflash by/past/throughA meteor flashed through the sky.
flash• A police car sped through the intersection, lights flashing.• It's like she flashed a bright light in my eyes, and I have to look away.• Lightningflashed across the sky.• Muskets were swung as clubs, pistols were fired point-blank, and swordsflashed and clanged.• Lightning flashed and thunderrolled.• If it flashes heavily, turn it down.• Detective Mallory flashed his badge as he walked through the door.• Why did that guyflash his headlights at me?• Two police officers burst in, the latter hurriedly flashing his IDcard at her as they made their way upstairs.• He flashed his membership card as passed through the door.• When she took off her glasses the sun caught her eyes and made them flash like green torches.• He remembers thinking in amazement that his name also was being flashed on screens in thousands of other movie theaters.• Returning workers flashed special identification cards issued by the union and walked in.flashed on and off• A big red warning light flashed on and off.• Dials and switchesflashed on and off.• He walked towards the entrance; a fancy airlock system over which a large illuminated sign flashed on and off.• Visualimagesflashed on and off at fractions of a second to imprint themselves on the subconscious mind.flash across/onto/past etc• A photograph of the Moon flashed on to the screen.• When Bowman asked Hal for the telescopicdisplay, a sparsely sprinkledstar field flashed on to the screen.• The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.• Her life had just flashed past her eyes and wasn't it dull?• But then the thirdgoldensphereflashed across her path and rolled far into the grass beside the course.• Certainly that, though, curiously, an image of Carla had also flashed across his mind.• News was flashing across that Ronald 0.• Then a blue Rover drew out and flashed past them at speed, two people waving.
flash by/past/through• Maybe it was the swirling water, or a bird that flashed by.• Riversflashed by, and mountains appeared on the horizon.• The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.• The image of the guard in his elaboratefloweringprisonflashes through her head.• But the days flash by in a blur.• The sunlight struck the silver-plated candlesticks on the sideboard and sent stilettos of light flashing through the room.• Using the speed gained in the dive, the whole gaggleflashed through the treetops at more than l l0 knots.• The one occasion which was flashing through Yanto's mind at this moment involved just three of the local water babies.flash with• Anne's eyes flashed withexcitement.flash by/past• An ambulanceflashed past.• Our vacation seemed to just flash by.• Horrified, Gazzer saw a yellowhatflash by.• Maybe it was the swirling water, or a bird that flashed by.• Rivers flashed by, and mountains appeared on the horizon.• The image of his face flashed past and together with it all the days of early summer, Jubilee summer.• The furious lights would flash past and we would move into the middle again.• Her life had just flashed past her eyes and wasn't it dull?• But the days flash by in a blur.• Perhaps life was flashing by like a tape player speeded up.
flashflash2 ●●○ noun1light [countable]SHINE a bright light that shines for a short time and then stops shiningTwo flashes mean danger.flash ofA flash of lightning lit up the night sky.brilliant/blinding flasha brilliant flash of light2camera [countable, uncountable]TCP a special bright light used when taking photographs indoors or when there is not much lightDid the flash go off?3 →in/like a flash4 →flash of inspiration/brilliance/insight/anger etc5 →a flash in the pan6bright colour/something shiny [countable]SHINE if there is a flash of something brightly coloured or shiny, it appears suddenly for a short timeflash ofThe bird vanished in a flash of blue.7computer [uncountable] trademark a system of instructions for a computer that is used especially to make pictures on a website appear to moveFlash animation8look [countable] British EnglishLOOK AT a quick look – used humorously syn glimpse9military [countable] British EnglishPM a small piece of coloured cloth worn on the shoulder of a militaryuniform →newsflash
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flash• I think people thought in the beginning I was going to be a flash in the pan, like Tiny Tim.• When a flash of lightning lit up the sky to the south we decided we'd better go now!• a flash of lightning• There was a bright flash of light as the bombexploded.• As annoying as hot flashes may be, remember that menopause is a temporary condition.• 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, impressiveflashes.• The muzzleflash that accompanied their arrival came from inside the house.• With a terribleflash that all but blinded the onlookers the islandvanished, around it the storm of magicalenergy.brilliant/blinding flash• Over 20,000 residents are awakened by a brilliant flash of light and heat to find their city in flames.• We'd only gone a short distance from the trees when suddenly we were hit by a blinding flash.• Full awareness and memory returned in a blinding flash.• In a blinding flash, everything fell into place.• A blinding flash illuminated the darkness, and the terrible discharge of musketry resounded through the woods.• 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 aloneworth a visit.• The water poured off the roofs in torrents, and thunderstormsrent the night skies with brilliant flashes of lightning.flashflash3 adjective1 →flash flood/fire2British English informalEXPENSIVE looking very new, bright, and expensive – used to show disapprovala big flash car3British English informalSHOW OFFliking to have expensive clothes and possessions so that other people notice you – used to show disapprovalChris didn’t want to seem flash in front of his mates.
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flash• Flash fires swept through the Los Angeles foothills last night.From Longman Business DictionaryFlashFlash /flæʃ/ noun trademarkCOMPUTINGa computer program that is used to design moving images, especially on websites