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Flash appears in the following tongue twisters:

  • Flash message!
  • Give me the gift of a grip-top sock,
    A clip drape shipshape tip top sock.
    Not your spinslick slapstick slipshod stock,
    But a plastic, elastic grip-top sock.
    None of your fantastic slack swap slop
    From a slap dash flash cash haberdash shop.
    Not a knick knack knitlock knockneed knickerbocker sock
    With a mock-shot blob-mottled trick-ticker top clock.
    Not a supersheet seersucker rucksack sock,
    Not a spot-speckled frog-freckled cheap sheik's sock
    Off a hodge-podge moss-blotched scotch-botched block.
    Nothing slipshod drip drop flip flop or glip glop
    Tip me to a tip top grip top sock.
    (articulation warmup for actors)
The word FLASH can be typed using only the middle row of keys on a QWERTY keyboard.

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun flash:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective flash:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb flash:


The word flash is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun flash

What does flash mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: flashes

  1. a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  2. a momentary brightness
    • lexical domain: Attributes - nouns denoting attributes of people and objects
    • more generic word: brightness = the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  3. a short vivid experience
    • example: a flash of emotion swept over him
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonym of flash: flashing
    • more generic word: experience = an event as apprehended
  4. a sudden brilliant understanding
    • example: he had a flash of intuition
    • lexical domain: Cognitive Processes - nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents
    • more generic words: brainstorm / brainwave / insight = the clear (and often sudden) understanding of a complex situation
  5. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
  6. a gaudy outward display
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonyms of flash: fanfare / ostentation
    • more generic word: display = exhibiting openly in public view
    • more specific words:
      • 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
      • pedantry = an ostentatious and inappropriate display of learning
  7. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
  8. a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story
  9. a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification
    • examples: red flashes adorned the airplane | a flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: patch = a piece of cloth used as decoration or to mend or cover a hole
  10. a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph

Alternative definition of the noun flash


  1. A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
  2. [linguistics] A language, created by a repressed minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.
  3. A very short amount of time.
  4. Material left around the edge of a moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
  5. [Cockney] The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
  6. [juggling] A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.

Definition of the adjective flash

What does flash mean as an attribute of a noun?

Flash is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: flasher | flashest

  1. tastelessly showy

Alternative definition of the adjective flash


  1. [British, and, New Zealand, slang] Expensive looking and attention worthy; stylish.
  2. [UK, of a person] Having plenty of ready money

Definition of the verb flash

What does flash mean as a doing word?

Flash is one of the top 1000 most common verbs in the English language.

verb - inflections: flashed | flashing | flashes

  1. gleam or glow intermittently
    • examples: The lights were flashing | Lights flash on the horizon | The horizon is flashing with lights
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
      there [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There sparkled a magnificent diamond on his finger
      [Agent] [Verb] [Theme]The stagehand flashed the lights
      [Location] [Verb] with [Theme]The crown sparkled with jewels
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb]The jewel sparkled
      [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] [Locative Preposition] [Location]Jewels sparkled on the crown
      [Locative Preposition] [Location] there [Verb] [Theme]On his finger there sparkled a magnificent diamond

      Verbs of Emission (with the same syntax): beam, blaze, blink, burn, flame, flare, flicker, fluoresce, glare, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisten, glitter, glow, incandesce, scintillate, shimmer, shine, sparkle, twinkle.

    • lexical domain: Perceptions - verbs of seeing, hearing, feeling
    • synonyms of flash: blink / twinkle / wink / winkle
    • more generic word: radiate = cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays
    • more specific words: flicker / flick = flash intermittently
  2. appear briefly
    • example: The headlines flashed on the screen
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: appear = come into sight or view
  3. display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously
  4. make known or cause to appear with great speed
    • example: The latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts
    • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
    • more generic word: convey = make known
  5. run or move very quickly or hastily
  6. expose or show briefly
  7. protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal
    • example: flash the roof
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • more generic word: cover = provide with a covering or cause to be covered
  8. emit a brief burst of light
    • example: A shooting star flashed and was gone
    • syntax: the same syntax as for the sense 1
    • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
    • more generic word: appear = come into sight or view


  1. The Flash is a fictional comic book superhero from the DC Comics universe. Created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Harry Lampert, the original Flash first appeared in Flash Comics #1.
  2. The Flash is a fictional character, a superhero in the DC Comics universe. He is the second character known as the Flash. The character first appeared in Showcase #4, created by writers Robert Kanigher and John Broome and penciler Carmine Infantino. His name combines talk show hosts Barry Gray and Steve Allen. His death in 1985 in Crisis on Infinite Earths removed the character from the regular DC lineup for 23 years. His return to regular comics occurred subsequently in 2008 within the pages of Grant Morrison's Final Crisis and Geoff Johns' The Flash: Rebirth limited series. In 2011, Allen played a key role of the crossover mini-series Flashpoint, which resulted in another reboot of the DC Comics continuity, known as "The New 52".
  3. Flash: Jay Garrick is a fictional character in the DC Comics universe and is the first superhero to bear the name Flash.
  4. Flash is a fictional character from the G.I. Joe: A Real American Hero toyline, comic books and cartoon series. He is the G.I. Joe Team's original laser rifle trooper and debuted in 1982.

There are other characters with in their name, like Flash mob, Jack Flash, Flash Bomba, Flash Harry, Flash Gordon.


  1. "Flash" is a science fiction novel by L. E. Modesitt published in 2004.
    • language: English Language
    • author: L. E. Modesitt Jr.
    • genres: Science Fiction, Speculative fiction
    • copyright: 2004-09
    • released in (11 years ago)
  2. "Flash" is a book by Jayne Ann Krentz.
    • genres: Romance novel, Fiction, Mystery, Suspense
    • subject: Literary


  1. "Flash" is a film released in theaters that was originally shown on The Wonderful World of Disney.
  2. "Flash" is a Malayalam film released in December 2007 directed by Sibi Malayil starring Mohanlal. The film is a suspense thriller dealing with some harrowing experiences of the female central character.
  3. "Flash" is a 1997 short film directed by Nabel Maleh.
    • country: Syria
    • released in (18 years ago)
  4. "Flash" is a 2013 short film directed by Will Herbert.
  5. "Flash" is a short film, directed by Presley Oldham.


Flash is a 1979 pinball game designed by Steve Ritchie and released by Williams. This was Ritchie's first game for Williams after leaving Atari, after he was finished developing the Superman pinball for Atari. There is no connection between the game and the comics character. This game was known for having the first background sound for a pinball game, as well as the first pinball game to use flash lamps.


  1. "Flash" is a song by British rock band Queen. Written by guitarist Brian May, "Flash" is the theme song of the 1980 film Flash Gordon. The soundtrack released to coincide with the film contained only the music composed and performed by Queen.
    • also known as Flash's Theme
    • music and lyrics by Brian May
  2. "Flash" is the fourth studio album by guitarist Jeff Beck, released in July 1985 through Epic Records. The album is Beck's most successful to date, reaching No. 39 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart and the top 60 in four other countries. Two singles also charted: the first being a reunion with singer Rod Stewart for a cover of "People Get Ready" by The Impressions, which reached No. 5 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock and No. 48 on the Hot 100, as well as the top 40 in four other countries; the second single, "Gets Us All in the End", reached No. 20 on Mainstream Rock. The instrumental "Escape" went on to win the award for Best Rock Instrumental Performance at the 1986 Grammys, which was to be Beck's first of many such awards.
  3. "Flash" is Japanese singer-songwriter Crystal Kay's second extended play, and her first release in 2010. It was released throughout Japan on June 16, 2010.
  4. "Flash" is a song by Italian-French trance music act B.B.E.. It was released in January 1997 as the second single from their debut album, Games. As a representative of the short-lived dream trance sound, the song became a top 20 hit worldwide, most notably reaching number 6 in Spain and number 5 in the United Kingdom.
  5. "Flash" is an album by Moving Sidewalks.
  6. "Flash", also recorded in an English-language version under the title "One Love to Give", is a 1986 song recorded by Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. It was the second single of her first album, Besoin. Released at the end of 1986, it was a hit in several countries, including Sweden where it reached number one on the chart.
  7. "Flash" is the fifth solo album from Japanese electronic musician Towa Tei. It was released in 2005 in Japan only.
  8. "Flash" is the second and final album by Electric Food. Soon after its release, the core of band formed Asterix and recorded one album: Asterix. Less than a year later Asterix would change their name to Lucifer's Friend. In 2004 Electric Food and Flash were released on one CD by Mason Records. Both Electric Food albums sound very similar to Lucifer's Friend's debut but include strong influences from Led Zeppelin, Uriah Heep, and Spooky Tooth.
  9. "Flash" is a 1980 single album by Queen.
    • also known as Flash / Football Fight
    • released on (34 years ago)
  10. "Flash" is the debut studio album by Japanese pop duo Amoyamo. The album peaked at #30 on the Oricon albums chart.
    • released on
  11. "Flash" is a musical single of BBE.
    • released on (18 years ago)
  12. "Flash" is a musical single of Green Velvet.
    • released in (20 years ago)


  1. Flash a.k.a. Dwyane Wade: Dwyane Tyrone Wade, Jr.
  2. Flash a.k.a. Steve Borden, better known by his ring name Sting, is an American professional wrestler and author signed to WWE. He is best known for his tenure in World Championship Wrestling; owing to his loyalty to the now-defunct promotion, Sting came to be dubbed as "The Franchise" of WCW during the 1990s and early 2000s. He also performed for Total Nonstop Action Wrestling.
  3. Flash a.k.a. Bob Fosse: Robert Louis “Bob” Fosse was an American dancer, musical theatre choreographer, director, screenwriter, film director and actor. He won an unprecedented eight Tony Awards for choreography, as well as one for direction. He was nominated for an Academy Award four times, winning for his direction of Cabaret.
  4. Flash a.k.a. Gabriel Elorde: Flash Elorde was a Filipino professional boxer. He was born and raised in the town of Bogo, Cebu.
  5. Flash a.k.a. Peter Banks: Peter William Brockbanks was a British guitarist. He was the original guitarist of the progressive rock bands Yes and Flash. The BBC's Danny Baker and Big George often called Banks "The architect of progressive music".
  6. Flash a.k.a. Kevin Gordon is an Australian professional rugby league player for the Gold Coast Titans in the National Rugby League. He primarily plays on the Wing and alongside his Titans team mate David Mead is considered to be among the fastest players in the NRL.
  7. Flash a.k.a. Jan Nilsson: Jan "Flash" Nilsson is a Swedish racecar driver. He is most famous for his appearance in the Swedish Touring Car Championship, having appeared in all fourteen seasons and for being the second most victorious driver.
  8. Flash a.k.a. Lee Young-ho is a South Korean professional StarCraft: Brood War and StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty player who plays under the alias By.FlaSh or simply Flash.
  9. Flash a.k.a. Jeff Malcolm: Jeff "Flash" Malcolm born in Cowra is an Australian professional light/light welter/welter/light middle/middle/super middleweight boxer of the 1970s, '80s, '90s and 2000s who won the Australian light welterweight title, New South Wales State lightweight title, Australasian light welterweight title, South Pacific light welterweight title, Queensland State welterweight title, International Boxing Council welterweight title, South Pacific welterweight title, World Boxing Federation Intercontinental welterweight title, World Boxing Federation welterweight title, Pan Asian Boxing Association welterweight title, World Boxing Association Fedelatin welterweight title, Pan Asian Boxing Association light middleweight title, and Commonwealth light welterweight title, and was a challenger for the South Seas light welterweight title against Pat Leglise, Australian welterweight title against Wilf Gentzen, and World Boxing Organization welterweight title against Manning Galloway, his professional fighting weight varied from 135 lb, i.e. lightweight to 165 ¹⁄₄ lb, i.e. super middleweight. He was inducted into the Australian National Boxing Hall of Fame in 2007.
  10. Flash a.k.a. Jeremy Gordon is a casting director, film producer and television producer.

There are other people with in their name, like Mr. Flash, Adam Flash, Bibi Flash, Flash legs, Todd Flash, Flash Harry, Fulla Flash, Sandy Flash, Energy Flash and many others.


  1. Flash is an English progressive rock group, formed by former Yes guitarist Peter Banks and vocalist Colin Carter in August 1971. Bassist Ray Bennett and drummer Mike Hough completed the line-up.
  2. Flash is a musical group.
  3. Flash is a musical group.
    • album: "Non stop"

There are other groups with in their name, like Flash mob, Lady Flash, Betta Flash, Flash Creep, Burman Flash, Flash Gordon, Flash Forward, Flash-Forward, Flash Brothers, Flash Cadillac, Slick 'n Flash, The Daily Flash, The Flash Girls, Red Lights Flash, Chinese Flash Mob, Flash and the Pan, Flash Bang Grenada, Flash Hawk Parlor Ensemble, Grandmaster Flash & Melle Mel and DJ Tomekk vs. Grandmaster Flash.


Flash a.k.a. Mr. Clean is a brand name and mascot fully owned by Procter & Gamble used for a cleaning solution and related products, and as "Mr. Clean Magic Eraser", for a melamine foam cleaner.


Flash is a village within the Staffordshire Moorlands, England, and the Peak District National Park. It was an early centre for Wesleyanism.


  1. Flash a.k.a. Adobe Flash is a multimedia and software platform used for creating vector graphics, animation, games and rich Internet applications that can be viewed, played and executed in Adobe Flash Player. Flash is frequently used to add streamed video or audio players, advertisement and interactive multimedia content to web pages, although usage of Flash on websites is declining.
  2. Flash: A flash is a device used in photography producing a flash of artificial light at a color temperature of about 5500 K to help illuminate a scene. A major purpose of a flash is to illuminate a dark scene. Other uses are capturing quickly moving objects or changing the quality of light. Flash refers either to the flash of light itself or to the electronic flash unit discharging the light. Most current flash units are electronic, having evolved from single-use flashbulbs and flammable powders. Modern cameras often activate flash units automatically.
    • also known as 闪光灯
  3. Flash: A tattoo flash is a stereotypical tattoo design printed or drawn on paper or cardboard, and may be regarded as a species of industrial design. It is typically displayed on the walls of tattoo parlors and in binders to give walk-in customers ideas for tattoos. Most traditional tattoo flash was designed for rapid tattooing and used in "street shops" - tattoo shops that handle a large volume of generic tattoos for walk-in customers.
  4. Flash, also known as flashing, is excess material attached to a molded, forged, or cast product, which must usually be removed. This is typically caused by leakage of the material between the two surfaces of a mold or between the base material and the mold. Molding flash is seen when the optimized parameter on cull height is not calibrated. Proper design of mold parting surfaces can reduce or eliminate flash.
    • also known as Molding flash
  5. Flash: In toss juggling, a flash is either a form of numbers juggling where each ball in a juggling pattern is only thrown and caught once or it is a juggling trick where every prop is simultaneously in the air and both hands are empty.
  6. Flash was the first genuine community newsletter/newspaper of Auckland City in New Zealand and ran from 1977 to 1982. It was started by Vince Terrini, an architect, Auckland University School of Architecture lecturer, and creator of the Cheer Up Party, who was elected Chairman of the Westmere, Grey Lynn Community Committee in 1977. It was used to inform the local community on what was happening in the area.
    • also known as Flash- Auckland Community Newspaper, Flash- Auckland Community Newsletter / Newspaper
  7. FLASH, acronym of Free Electron LASer in Hamburg, a particle accelerator-based soft x-ray laser located at the DESY accelerator facilities in Hamburg, Germany. It can generate very powerful, ultrashort pulses of coherent radiation in the energy range 10 eV to 200 eV. It started operation for external users in the year 2005 and is used for surface, molecular and atomic physics experiments. Intended applications are also the imaging of single biological complex molecules with time resolution.
  8. Flash is a software.

Phrases with Flash

Phrases starting with the word Flash:

  1. Flash mob
  2. flash back
  3. flash bulb
  4. flash card
  5. flash lamp
  6. Flash lock
  7. Flash-ball
  8. Flash Drive
  9. flash flood
  10. Flash Frame
  11. flash point
  12. flash camera
  13. flash memory

Phrases ending with the word Flash:

  1. hot flash
  2. Anti-Flash
  3. Blue Flash
  4. heat flash
  5. in a flash
  6. Green flash
  7. Camera Flash

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Flash

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Google previewDictionary of Computer & Information Technology (2014)

by Mrinal Talukdar

Flash, a popular authoring software developed by Macromedia, is used to create vector graphicsbased animation programs with fullscreen navigation interfaces, graphic illustrations, and simple interactivity in an antialiased, resizable file ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Comic Books and Graphic Novels [2 volumes] (2010)

[Two Volumes] by M. Keith Booker

Barry Allen essentially stayed dead, making way for West to become the next Flash. A third Flash series would begin with issue #1 in June 1987. Many early writers of the series would focus on character-driven stories. Some of the influences' ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Entomology (2008)

by John L. Capinera

MALCOLM EDMUNDS University of Central Lancashire, Preston, United Kingdom Flash colors are colors that are exposed when an animal moves but are hidden when it is at rest, e.g., the bright hind wings of underwing moths (Cato- cala, ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Modern Everyday Inventions (2003)

by David John Cole, Eve Browning, Fred E. H. Schroeder

and disposable flash bulb units and cartridge-loading film (1963). The technology behind the common flash bulb has a long and complex history (see also electric lights). Early flash pictures were taken using a rather ...

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Quotes about Flash

The Dark Side of the Moon has flash - the true flash that comes from the excellence of a superb performance. (Alan Parsons)
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Scrabble value of F4L1A1S1H4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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