1. [ verb ] gleam or glow intermittently
Synonyms: wink twinkle winkle blink

"The lights were flashing"

Related terms: emit_light flicker glint blinker twinkle
2. [ noun ] a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
Related terms: happening glint lightning gleam heat_flash streak glitter
3. [ verb ] appear briefly

"The headlines flashed on the screen"

Related terms: appear news_bulletin
4. [ noun ] a momentary brightness
Synonyms: glint
Related terms: brightness
5. [ verb ] make known or cause to appear with great speed

"The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts"

Related terms: convey news_bulletin
6. [ verb ] display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
Synonyms: show_off flaunt ostentate swank

"he showed off his new sports car"

Related terms: expose splurge flex ostentation flaunt
7. [ verb ] run or move very quickly or hastily
Synonyms: dash shoot scoot scud dart

"She dashed into the yard"

Related terms: rush plunge cut_back tear dash scooter motor_scooter iceboat dart
8. [ noun ] a short vivid experience
Synonyms: flashing

"a flash of emotion swept over him" "the flashings of pain were a warning"

Related terms: experience
9. [ noun ] (psychology) a sudden brilliant understanding

"he had a flash of intuition"

Related terms: insight
10. [ verb ] expose or show briefly

"he flashed a $100 bill"

Related terms: show blink_of_an_eye
11. [ adjective ] tastelessly showy
Synonyms: loud tawdry cheap gaudy flashy meretricious tatty tacky garish trashy gimcrack brassy

"a flash car" "a flashy ring" "garish colors" "a gaudy costume" "loud sport shirts" "a meretricious yet stylish book" "tawdry ornaments"

Related terms: tasteless
12. [ noun ] (clothing) 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 to"

Related terms: patch
13. [ noun ] a very short time (as the time it takes the eye blink or the heart to beat)
Synonyms: instant twinkling wink split_second New_York_minute trice jiffy heartbeat blink_of_an_eye

"if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash"

Related terms: moment
14. [ verb ] emit a brief burst of light

"A shooting star flashed and was gone."

Related terms: appear glint flasher
15. [ noun ] a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
Synonyms: flare
Related terms: visual_signal Very_light Bengal_light star_shell
16. [ noun ] (news) a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
Synonyms: newsflash newsbreak news_bulletin
Related terms: bulletin
17. [ verb ] protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal, as of parts of roofs
Related terms: cover
18. [ noun ] (photography) a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
Synonyms: flash_lamp flashgun flashbulb flash_bulb photoflash
Related terms: lamp photographic_equipment flash_camera
Similar spelling:   flashy