flash bulb

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or flash bulb  (flăsh′bŭlb′)
A glass bulb filled with finely shredded aluminum or magnesium foil that is ignited by electricity to produce a short-duration high-intensity light flash for taking photographs. Also called photoflash.
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Flash bulb

A glass bulb containing a fine metal filament (usually magnesium) that could be ignited electrically to give a brief, intense flash of light for exposing photographic film.
1001 Words and Phrases You Never Knew You Didn’t Know by W.R. Runyan Copyright © 2011 by W.R. Runyan
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Flash bulb - a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photographflash bulb - a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph
flash camera - a camera with a photoflash attachment
lamp - an artificial source of visible illumination
photographic equipment - equipment used by a photographer
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Another remembers Flash Bulb turning up here around the same time that he finished second to the immortal Flyingbolt in the 1966 Champion Chase, but there's no suggestion it was a betting heat of note.
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In poems like "Birthing," the spirit takes form, "I am not me, yet./I am just an understanding." Eady continues to delve into the mind and body of this imagined black man who stalks and preys on white women and their children in poems like "My Heart," "My Face" and "Press Conference" where he lurks just behind the screen of Smith's lie and reports, like an entry to a travel diary: "And this is my life now./I am a faint hum behind/The sensation, the blur of doubt/At the corner of the flash bulb."
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He said he thought he saw Mr Farrell's flash bulb go off between 10 and 15 times, adding: "It was a fair amount, but I wouldn't call it excessive."
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Over the coming years, photography became ever more popular with the invention of the modern flash bulb, in 1927, Kodachrome in 1935 and Kodacolour six years later.
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With notes of pink pepper, strawberry, tuberose, jasmine, white lily, heliotrope and white woods, it is packed in a crystal faceted bottle designed to be "reminiscent of a paparazzi flash bulb".
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