flash

Ever notice how quick the flash is on a camera? That's how fast other types of flashes are, including the super-fast superhero The Flash.

Whether you're talking about a flash of lighting or a flash of insight, a flash is quick and bright and sudden. There aren't any slow, long flashes. Because flashes are so fast, the word is often used for anything that happens really quickly: a flash is as fast as a New York minute, the blink of an eye, a heartbeat, an instant, a jiffy, or a split second.

Definitions of flash
  1. verb
    emit a brief burst of light
    “A shooting star flashed and was gone”
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    appear
    come into sight or view
  2. verb
    gleam or glow intermittently
    “The lights were flashing
    synonyms: blink, twinkle, wink, winkle
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    flick, flicker
    flash intermittently
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    radiate
    cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays
  3. verb
    appear briefly
    “The headlines flashed on the screen”
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    appear
    come into sight or view
  4. verb
    expose or show briefly
    “he flashed a $100 bill”
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    type of:
    show
    make visible or noticeable
  5. noun
    a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
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    flicker, glint, spark
    a momentary flash of light
    gleam, gleaming, glimmer
    a flash of light (especially reflected light)
    coruscation, glitter, sparkle
    the occurrence of a small flash or spark
    heat flash
    a flash of intense heat (as released by an atomic explosion)
    lightning
    the flash of light that accompanies an electric discharge in the atmosphere (or something resembling such a flash); can scintillate for a second or more
    streak
    a sudden flash (as of lightning)
    heat lightning
    bright flashes of light near the horizon without thunder (especially on hot evenings); usually attributed to distant lightning that is reflected by clouds
    sheet lighting
    lightning that appears as a broad sheet; due to reflections of more distant lightning and to diffusion by the clouds
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    happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent
    an event that happens
  6. noun
    a momentary brightness
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    brightness
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  7. noun
    a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
    synonyms: flash bulb, flash lamp, flashbulb, flashgun, photoflash
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    lamp
    an artificial source of visible illumination
    photographic equipment
    equipment used by a photographer
  8. noun
    a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
    synonyms: flare
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    star shell
    an artillery shell containing an illuminant
    Bengal light
    a steady bright blue light; formerly used as a signal but now a firework
    Very light, Very-light
    a colored flare fired from a Very pistol
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    visual signal
    a signal that involves visual communication
  9. noun
    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”
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    patch
    a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
  10. verb
    make known or cause to appear with great speed
    “The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts”
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    convey
    make known; pass on, of information
  11. verb
    run or move very quickly or hastily
    synonyms: dart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot
    buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
    move quickly and violently
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    plunge
    dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
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    belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
    move fast
  12. noun
    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
    synonyms: New York minute, blink of an eye, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, split second, trice, twinkling, wink
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    bit, minute, mo, moment, second
    an indefinitely short time
  13. noun
    a short vivid experience
    “a flash of emotion swept over him”
    synonyms: flashing
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    experience
    an event as apprehended
  14. noun
    a sudden brilliant understanding
    “he had a flash of intuition”
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    brainstorm, brainwave, insight
    the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  15. noun
    a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
    synonyms: news bulletin, newsbreak, newsflash
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    bulletin
    a brief report (especially an official statement issued for immediate publication or broadcast)
  16. verb
    display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
    synonyms: flaunt, ostentate, show off, swank
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    flex
    exhibit the strength of
    splurge
    be showy or ostentatious
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    display, exhibit, expose
    show; make visible or apparent
  17. noun
    a gaudy outward display
    synonyms: fanfare, ostentation
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    bluster, bravado
    a swaggering show of courage
    exhibitionism
    extravagant and conspicuous behavior intended to attract attention to yourself
    ritz
    ostentatious display of elegance
    splurge
    an ostentatious display (of effort or extravagance etc.)
    pedantry
    an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
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    display
    exhibiting openly in public view
  18. adjective
    tastelessly showy
    “a flash car”
    synonyms: brassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy
    tasteless
    lacking aesthetic or social taste
  19. verb
    protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal
    flash the roof”
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    cover
    provide with a covering or cause to be covered
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