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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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.