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flash

 (flăsh)
v. flashed, flash·ing, flash·es
v.intr.
1. To burst forth into or as if into flame.
2. To give off light or be lighted in sudden or intermittent bursts.
3. To appear or occur suddenly: The image flashed onto the screen.
4. To move or proceed rapidly: The cars flashed by.
5. To hang up a phone line momentarily, as when using call waiting.
6. Slang To think of or remember something suddenly: flashed on that time we got caught in the storm.
7. Slang To expose oneself in an indecent manner.
v.tr.
1.
a. To cause (light) to appear suddenly or in intermittent bursts.
b. To cause to burst into flame.
c. To reflect (light).
d. To cause to reflect light from (a surface).
2. To make known or signal by flashing lights.
3. To communicate or display at great speed: flashed the news to the world capitals.
4. To exhibit briefly.
5. To hang up (a phone line) momentarily, as when using call waiting.
6. To display ostentatiously; flaunt.
7. To fill suddenly with water.
8. To cover with a thin protective layer.
n.
1. A sudden, brief, intense display of light.
2. A sudden perception: a flash of insight.
3. A split second; an instant: I'll be on my way in a flash.
4. A brief news dispatch or transmission.
5. Slang Gaudy or ostentatious display: "The antique flash and trash of an older southern California have given way to a sleeker age of cultural hip" (Newsweek).
6. A flashlight.
7.
a. Instantaneous illumination for photography: photograph by flash.
b. A device, such as a flashbulb, flashgun, or flash lamp, used to produce such illumination.
8. Slang The pleasurable sensation that accompanies the use of a drug; a rush.
9. Archaic The language or cant of thieves, tramps, or underworld figures.
adj.
1. Happening suddenly or very quickly: flash freezing.
2. Slang Ostentatious; showy: a flash car.
3. Of or relating to figures of quarterly economic growth released by the government and subject to later revision.
4. Of or relating to photography using instantaneous illumination.
5. Computers Of or relating to flash memory.
6. Archaic Of or relating to thieves, swindlers, and underworld figures.
Phrasal Verb:
flash back
1. To experience a psychological flashback: She suddenly flashed back to the moment when the car hit her.
2. To employ a flashback as a narrative device: In the second chapter, the book flashes back to the protagonist's childhood.
Idiom:
flash in the pan
One that promises great success but fails.

[Middle English flashen, to splash, variant of flasken, of imitative origin.]
Synonyms: flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, twinkle, scintillate
These verbs mean to send forth light. Flash refers to a sudden and brilliant but short-lived outburst of light: A bolt of lightning flashed across the horizon. Gleam implies a transient or subdued light that often appears against a dark background: "The light gleams an instant, then it's night once more" (Samuel Beckett).
Glint applies to briefly gleaming or flashing light: "the fountain's silver-painted swan glinted in the moonlight" (Kate Wheeler).
Sparkle suggests a rapid succession of little flashes of high brilliance (crystal glasses sparkling in the candlelight), and glitter, a similar succession of even greater intensity (jewels glittering in the display case). To glisten is to shine with a sparkling luster: The snow glistened in the dawn light. Glimmer refers to faint, fleeting light: "On the French coast the light / Gleams, and is gone; the cliffs of England stand, / Glimmering and vast, out in the tranquil bay" (Matthew Arnold).
To twinkle is to shine with quick, intermittent flashes or gleams: "a few stars, twinkling faintly in the deep blue of the night sky" (Hugh Walpole).
Scintillate is applied to what flashes as if emitting sparks in a continuous stream: "a dense, hoary mist of ammonium chloride ... depositing minute scintillating crystals on the windowpanes" (Primo Levi). See Also Synonyms at moment.

Flash

 (flăsh)
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.flash back - return in time; "the film cut back to an earlier event in the story"
return - go or come back to place, condition, or activity where one has been before; "return to your native land"; "the professor returned to his teaching position after serving as Dean"
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Translations

w>flash back

vi (Film) → zurückblenden (→ to auf +acc); his mind flashed back to the events of the last yearer erinnerte sich plötzlich an die Ereignisse des letzten Jahres
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References in classic literature ?
The instantaneous change was startling: the two figures seemed to flash back into their former places.
Elsewhere, as scenes flash back, we learn a bit more about Judith (Alex Kingston) as she is reminded of events in her past.
Masochistic We flash back to their parents, Rebecca and Jack - Milo Ventmiglia, you're welcome - as they raise their three kids.
After reading the novel the 70-year-old said: "It was like the most amazing flash forward and flash back at the same time to a decade I was very involved in, the 1980s.
Flash back to 1781 and we find her snogging Bisset in the back of a carriage, while Worsley wakes up wondering where his wife is.
During the auction, viewers flash back to the creation of the violin in 17th century Italy.
The smartphone has an 8MP auto focus with LED Flash Back Camera and 2MP front camera.
So as often as not the whole of the Midlands and North is ignored - save for perhaps a quick glimpse out of the corner of one's eye during the flash back to London.
EVERY time we see a picture of Nicole Richie our minds flash back to that slightly podgy little girl with the bleached hair and cut-off shorts who, along with former BFF Paris Hilton, terrorised farmers in America's Mid-West for the reality show The Simple Life.
Influences of grander, more potent efforts, like Paths Of Glory, are obvious as we flash back from the trenches and over the lives of two brothers, played by Jack O'Connell and George MacKay.