flash Definition in the Cambridge English Dictionary

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 us   /flæʃ/

flash verb (SHINE)

[I/T] to ​shinesuddenly and usually ​brightly, but only for a ​shorttime: [T] Stop flashing that ​light in my ​eyes.

flash verb (HAPPEN QUICKLY)

[I always + adv/prep] to move or ​happenquickly: A ​fireengine flashed by.

flash verb (SHOW)

[I/T] to show something ​quickly or for a ​shorttime: [T] The ​officer flashed her ​badge. [I] A ​smile flashed ​across her ​face.

flashnoun [C]

 us   /flæʃ/

flash noun [C] (SHINE)

a ​suddenbrightlight that ​quicklydisappears: A flash of ​lightninglit the ​sky.

flash noun [C] (PHOTOGRAPHY)

a ​device used to ​produce a ​brightlight for a ​brieftime when taking a ​photograph

flash noun [C] (QUICK APPEARANCE)

a ​quickmovement or ​shortappearance of something: an ​occasional flash of ​wit
(Definition of flash from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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uk   us   /flæʃ/

flash verb (SHINE SUDDENLY)

B2 [I or T] to ​shinebrightly and ​suddenly, or to make something ​shine in this way: Stop flashing that ​light in my ​eyes! The ​lightning flashed and ​distantthunderrolled. You'd ​betterslow down, that ​car was flashing ​itslights at you. [I] literary If someone's ​eyes flash, they ​lookbright because of the ​anger or ​excitement the ​person is ​feeling.
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flash verb (MOVE FAST)

C2 [I usually + adv/prep] to ​move very ​fast: They flashed past/by on a ​motorcycle.

flash verb (SHOW QUICKLY)

C2 [T] to show something for a ​shorttime: He flashed a ​smile and ​offered to ​buy me a ​drink. [I or T] informal If a man flashes, he ​shows his ​sexualorgans in ​public: He came out of the ​bushes and flashed me.

flash verb (COMMUNICATE)

[T usually + adv/prep] to ​communicate something ​quickly, ​especially using ​radio or ​lightwaves: Within ​moments of an ​eventhappening, the ​news can be flashed around the ​world.


[I + adv/prep] If something flashes through/​acrossyourmind, you ​suddenly or ​quicklythink of it: The ​thoughtsuddenly flashed through my ​mind that she didn't ​want to be here.


uk   us   /flæʃ/

flash noun (BRIGHT LIGHT)

B2 [C] a ​suddenbrightlight that ​quicklydisappears: a flash of ​lightning The ​bombexploded in a flash ofyellowlight.


CB [C usually singular] a ​sudden, ​powerfulemotional or ​mentalexperience: The ​idea came to her in a flash ofinspiration/​genius.

flash noun (PHOTOGRAPHY)

B2 [C or U] the ​device or ​system used to ​produce a ​brightlight for a ​shorttime when taking a ​photograph: Where's the flash for the ​camera? It's ​dark in here, I'll have to use the flash.

flash noun (MILITARY SIGN)

[C] UK a ​smallobject or ​piece of ​materialworn on a ​militaryuniform as a ​sign of ​rank, or (on ​clothing) a ​strip or ​mark of ​colour different from the ​maincolour

flash noun (QUICK LOOK)

[C] humorous a ​quicklook at something: She ​leaned over and I ​caught a flash of ​pinkunderwear.


uk   us   /flæʃ/ UK
lookingexpensive in a way that ​attractsattention: That's a very flash ​suit he's ​wearing.
(Definition of flash from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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flashnoun [C]

uk   us   /flæʃ/
MARKETING a ​strip or ​mark of colour that is different from the ​main colour on a ​book, ​advertisement, etc.: Each ​book had a flash on the ​coverindicating that it was ​part of the ​series.

Flash™noun [U]

uk   us   trademark
INTERNET, IT a ​computerprogram that is used to ​createmovingimages for ​websites and ​advertisements on the ​internet
(Definition of flash from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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