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part of speech: noun
definition 1: a sudden, bright light that shines, then quickly disappears.
The flash of lightning was followed by a clap of thunder.
blaze, flare
similar words:
beam, flame, flicker, gleam, glint, glitter, spark, sparkle, streak
definition 2: a sudden show of feelings, talent, or understanding.
A flash of disappointment crossed the coach's face when Paul missed the catch.The solution to the problem came to her in a flash.
display, outburst, show
similar words:
demonstration, exhibit, glimmer, inspiration, spark
definition 3: a very short amount of time; an instant.
I'll be there in a flash.
instant, minute, moment, second
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part of speech: verb
inflections: flashes, flashing, flashed
definition 1: to give off a sudden, bright light that quickly disappears or that blinks on and off.
Shop signs flash to attract attention.
similar words:
beam, blaze, blink, flicker, glint, shine
definition 2: to come, move, or happen suddenly; pass quickly.
An image of her flashed into his mind.
dart, shoot, streak
similar words:
bolt, dash, scoot, tear
definition 3: to shine brightly; gleam.
The diamond ring flashed in the sun.
similar words:
glimmer, glint, glitter, sparkle
part of speech: adjective
definition: happening suddenly and without warning.
The flash flood ruined many homes.
similar words:
rapid, sudden
derivations: flashingly (adv.), flasher (n.)
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  • flashlight:
    a lamp with a strong beam that you hold in your hand.
  • flashcard:
    a card you use to help you learn something, such as spelling or math facts. You write the thing you want to learn on the card and try to remember it.
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