- A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
- (linguistics) A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics, ebonics.
- A very short amount of time.
verb (flash, es)
- 1876, w:Mark Twain, Mark Twain, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
- :Quick"something must be done! done in a , too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention.
- material, Material left around the edge of a mould, moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
- (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
- To briefly illuminate a scene.
- He flashed the light at the water, trying to see what made the noise.
- To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
- The light flashed on and off.
- To be visible briefly.
- The scenery flashed by quickly.
- To make visible briefly.
- A number will be flashed on the screen.
- (computing) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
- (colloquial) To expose one's naked body in public briefly.
- (metallurgy) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
Etymology: From the word flashen (to splash), a variant of flasken, which was likely of imitative origin.
- (context, UK, and, NZ, slang) expensive, Expensive looking and attention worthy.
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