[flash-er] /ˈflæʃ ər/
a person or thing that .
a light operated by a switching device that automatically turns it on and off alternately.
a signal light on an automotive vehicle that can be made to , as to indicate the intention of making a turn or to call attention to a vehicle that has slowed or stopped in a hazardous place.
the switching device that operates such a light.
Slang. a person, especially a man, who exposes the genitals suddenly, and usually briefly, in public.
a brief, sudden burst of bright light:
a flash of lightning.
a sudden, brief outburst or display of joy, wit, etc.
a very brief moment; instant:
I’ll be back in a flash.
Informal. (def 1).
superficial, meretricious, or vulgar showiness; ostentatious display.
Also called news flash. Journalism. a brief dispatch sent by a wire service, usually transmitting preliminary news of an important story or development.
Compare (def 2).
the sudden flame or intense heat produced by a bomb or other explosive device.
a sudden thought, insight, inspiration, or vision.
Slang. 1 (def 26).
Poker. a hand containing all five suits in a game played with a five-suit pack.
a device, as a lock or sluice, for confining and releasing water to send a boat down a shallow stream.
the rush of water thus produced.
Obsolete. the cant or jargon of thieves, vagabonds, etc.
verb (used without object)
to break forth into sudden flame or light, especially transiently or intermittently:
a buoy flashing in the distance.
to burst suddenly into view or perception:
The answer flashed into his mind.
to move like a flash.
to speak or behave with sudden anger, outrage, or the like (often followed by out):
to flash out at a stupid remark.
to break into sudden action.
Slang. to open one’s clothes and expose the genitals suddenly, and usually briefly, in public.
Slang. to experience the intense effects of a narcotic or stimulant drug.
to dash or splash, as the sea or waves.
Archaic. to make a flash or sudden display.
verb (used with object)
to emit or send forth (fire or light) in sudden flashes.
to cause to flash, as powder by ignition or a sword by waving.
to send forth like a flash.
to communicate instantaneously, as by radio or telegraph.
to make an ostentatious display of:
He’s forever flashing a large roll of bills.
to display suddenly and briefly:
She flashed her ID card at the guard.
to change (water) instantly into steam by pouring or directing onto a hot surface.
to increase the flow of water in (a river, channel, etc.).
Glassmaking and Ceramics.
Building Trades. to protect from leakage with flashing.
Cards. to expose (a card) in the process of dealing.
Archaic. to dash or splash (water).
sudden and brief:
a flash storm.
showy or ostentatious.
caused by or used as protection against flash:
flash injuries; flash clothing.
counterfeit or sham.
belonging to or connected with thieves, vagabonds, etc., or their cant or jargon.
of or relating to followers of boxing, racing, etc.
flash in the pan,
flash on, Slang.
something that flashes, such as a direction indicator on a vehicle
(Brit, slang) a person who indecently exposes himself
a sudden short blaze of intense light or flame: a flash of sunlight
a sudden occurrence or display, esp one suggestive of brilliance: a flash of understanding
a very brief space of time: over in a flash
an ostentatious display: a flash of her diamonds
Also called newsflash. a short news announcement concerning a new event
(mainly Brit) Also called patch. an insignia or emblem worn on a uniform, vehicle, etc, to identify its military formation
a patch of bright colour on a dark background, such as light marking on an animal
a volatile mixture of inorganic salts used to produce a glaze on bricks or tiles
(photog, informal) short for flashlight (sense 2), flash photography
a ridge of thin metal or plastic formed on a moulded object by the extrusion of excess material between dies
(Yorkshire & Lancashire, dialect) a pond, esp one produced as a consequence of subsidence
(modifier) involving, using, or produced by a flash of heat, light, etc: flash blindness, flash distillation
flash in the pan, a project, person, etc, that enjoys only short-lived success, notoriety, etc
(informal) ostentatious or vulgar
(informal) of or relating to gamblers and followers of boxing and racing
sham or counterfeit
(informal) relating to or characteristic of the criminal underworld
brief and rapid: flash freezing
to burst or cause to burst suddenly or intermittently into flame
to emit or reflect or cause to emit or reflect light suddenly or intermittently
(intransitive) to move very fast: he flashed by on his bicycle
(intransitive) to come rapidly (into the mind or vision)
(intransitive; foll by out or up) to appear like a sudden light: his anger really flashes out at times
(transitive) (informal) to display ostentatiously: to flash money around
(transitive) (informal) to show suddenly and briefly
(intransitive) (Brit, slang) to expose oneself indecently
(transitive) to cover (a roof) with flashing
to send a sudden rush of water down (a river, etc), or to carry (a vessel) down by this method
(in the making of glass) to coat (glass) with a thin layer of glass of a different colour
(transitive) to subject to a brief pulse of heat or radiation
(transitive) to change (a liquid) to a gas by causing it to hit a hot surface
(obsolete) to splash or dash (water)
“male genital exhibitionist,” 1960s (though meat-flasher in this sense was attested in 1890s); agent noun from flash (v.).
late 14c., from flasken (c.1300) “to dash or splash” (as water), probably imitative. Related: Flashed; flashing. Sense of “give off a sudden burst of light or flame” is 1540s. Flash flood is from 1940. Flash card is from 1923. Flash cube (remember those?) is from 1965.
1560s, from flash (v.); originally of lightning. Meaning “first news report” is from 1857. Meaning “photographic lamp” is from 1913. The comic book character dates to 1940. Flash in the pan (1809) is from old-style guns, where the powder might ignite in the pan but fail to spark the main charge.
A person who exposes the genitals in public; exhibitionist
[1960s+;maleexhibitionistswereknown as meat-flashers by the early 1890s]
In addition to the idiom beginning with
noun 1. a sudden and destructive rush of water down a narrow gully or over a sloping surface, caused by heavy rainfall. noun 1. a sudden short-lived torrent, usually caused by a heavy storm, esp in desert regions flash flood (flāsh) A sudden, localized flood of great volume and short duration, typically caused by unusually […]
[flash-fawr-werd] /ˈflæʃˈfɔr wərd/ noun 1. a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which a future event or scene is inserted into the chronological structure of the work. 2. an event or scene so inserted. noun A scene or passage in a novel, movie, etc, that depicts events later than those […]
[flash-fawr-werd] /ˈflæʃˈfɔr wərd/ noun 1. a device in the narrative of a motion picture, novel, etc., by which a future event or scene is inserted into the chronological structure of the work. 2. an event or scene so inserted.
[flash-freez] /ˈflæʃˈfriz/ verb (used with object), flash-froze, flash-frozen, flash-freezing. 1. .