Flash, n.; pl. Flashes
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; as, I'll be back in a flash.
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.
Flash light, or Flashing 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. --Knight.
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.
Flash v. i. [imp. & p. p. Flashed p. pr. & vb. n. Flashing.]
1. To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
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.
Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles. --Talfourd.
The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind. --M. Arnold.
A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act. --Tennyson.
3. To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily.
He flashes into one gross crime or other. --Shak.
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.
Syn: -- Flash, Glitter, Gleam, Glisten, Glister.
Usage: Flash differs from glitter and gleam, denoting a flood or wide extent of light. The latter words may express the issuing of light from a small object, or from a pencil of rays. Flash differs from other words, also, in denoting suddenness of appearance and disappearance. Flashing differs from exploding or disploding in not being accompanied with a loud report. To glisten, or glister, is to shine with a soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears, or flowers wet with dew.
Flash v. t.
1. To send out in flashes; to cause to burst forth with sudden flame or light.
The chariot of paternal Deity,
Flashing thick flames. --Milton.
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.
Limning and flashing it with various dyes. --A. Brewer.
5. To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash. [Obs.]
He rudely flashed the waves about. --Spenser.
Flashed glass. See Flashing, n., 3.
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. “A gang of footpads, reveling with their favorite beauties at a flash house.”
Flash, n. Slang or cant of thieves and prostitutes.
1. A pool. [Prov. Eng.]
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.
adj : tastelessly showy; "a flash car"; "a flashy ring"; "garish
colors"; "a gaudy costume"; "loud sport shirts"; "a
meretricious yet stylish book"; "tawdry ornaments"
[syn: brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack,
loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy]
n 1: a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
2: a momentary brightness
3: a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over
him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning" [syn: flashing]
4: a sudden brilliant understanding; "he had a flash of
5: 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"
[syn: blink of an eye, heartbeat, instant, jiffy,
split second, trice, twinkling, wink, New York
6: a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate [syn: flare]
7: a short news announcement concerning some on-going news
story [syn: news bulletin, newsflash, newsbreak]
8: 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
9: a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
[syn: photoflash, flash lamp, flashgun, flashbulb,
v 1: gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
[syn: blink, wink, twinkle, winkle]
2: appear briefly; "The headlines flashed on the screen"
3: display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously; "he
showed off his new sports car" [syn: flaunt, show off,
4: make known or cause to appear with great speed; "The latest
intelligence is flashed to all command posts"
5: run or move very quickly or hastily; "She dashed into the
yard" [syn: dart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot]
6: expose or show briefly; "he flashed a $100 bill"
7: protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal; "flash the
8: emit a brief burst of light; "A shooting star flashed and