Verb: flash flash
Noun: flash flash
- Gleam or glow intermittently
"The lights were flashing";
- blink, wink, twinkle, winkle
- Appear briefly
"The headlines flashed on the screen"
- Display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
"he flashed his new sports car";
- flaunt, show off, ostentate [archaic], swank, parade, showboat [N. Amer]
- 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
"She flashed into the yard";
- dart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot, whip
- 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"
- Briefly expose one's naked body or genitals in public
Adjective: flash (flasher,flashest) flash
- A sudden intense burst of radiant energy
- A momentary brightness
- A short vivid experience
"a flash of emotion swept over him";
- 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)
"if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash";
- blink of an eye, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York minute [US], jiff
- A gaudy outward display
- ostentation, fanfare
- A burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
- A short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
- news bulletin, newsflash, newsbreak
- A bright patch of colour used for decoration or identification
"red flashes adorned the aeroplane"; "a flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to"
- A lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
- photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun, flashbulb, flash bulb
- Tastelessly showy
"a flash car";
- brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
Derived forms: flashed, flashes, flashing, flashest, flasher
See also: flash back, tasteless
Type of: appear, belt along, bit, brainstorm, brainwave, brightness, bucket along, bulletin, cannonball along, convey, cover, display, exhibit, experience, expose, happening, hasten, hie [archaic], hotfoot, hurry, insight, lamp, minute, mo, moment, natural event, occurrence, occurrent, patch, pelt along, photographic equipment, race, radiate, rush, rush along, second, show, speed, step on it, travel rapidly, visual signal, zip
Part of: flash camera
Encyclopedia: Flash, The