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English adjective: flash

1. flash tastelessly showy

SamplesA flash car.
A flashy ring.
Garish colors.
A gaudy costume.
Loud sport shirts.
A meretricious yet stylish book.
Tawdry ornaments.

Synonymsbrassy, cheap, flashy, garish, gaudy, gimcrack, loud, meretricious, tacky, tatty, tawdry, trashy



English noun: flash

1. flash (event) a sudden intense burst of radiant energy

Broader (hypernym)happening, natural event, occurrence, occurrent

Narrower (hyponym)coruscation, flicker, gleam, gleaming, glimmer, glint, glitter, heat flash, lightning, spark, sparkle, streak

2. flash (attribute) a momentary brightness

Broader (hypernym)brightness

3. flash (event) a short vivid experience

SamplesA flash of emotion swept over him.
The flashings of pain were a warning.


Broader (hypernym)experience

4. flash (cognition) a sudden brilliant understanding

SamplesHe had a flash of intuition.

Broader (hypernym)brainstorm, brainwave, insight

5. flash (time) a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

SamplesIf I had the chance I'd do it in a flash.

Synonymsblink of an eye, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, New York minute, split second, trice, twinkling, wink

Broader (hypernym)bit, minute, mo, moment, second

6. flash (communication) a gaudy outward display

Synonymsfanfare, ostentation

Broader (hypernym)display

Narrower (hyponym)bluster, bravado, exhibitionism, pedantry, ritz, splurge

7. flash (communication) a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate


Broader (hypernym)visual signal

Narrower (hyponym)Bengal light, star shell, Very light, Very-light

8. flash (communication) a short news announcement concerning some on-going news story

Synonymsnews bulletin, newsbreak, newsflash

Broader (hypernym)bulletin

9. flash (artifact) a bright patch of color used for decoration or identification

SamplesRed flashes adorned the airplane.
A flash sewn on his sleeve indicated the unit he belonged to.

Broader (hypernym)patch

10. flash (artifact) a lamp for providing momentary light to take a photograph

Synonymsflash bulb, flash lamp, flashbulb, flashgun, photoflash

Broader (hypernym)lamp, photographic equipment

Part meronymflash camera

English verb: flash

1. flash (perception) gleam or glow intermittently

SamplesThe lights were flashing.

ExamplesLights flash on the horizon, The horizon is flashing with lights

Synonymsblink, twinkle, wink, winkle

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)radiate

Narrower (hyponym)flick, flicker

2. flash (change) appear briefly

SamplesThe headlines flashed on the screen.

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)appear

3. flash (perception) display proudly; act ostentatiously or pretentiously

SamplesHe showed off his new sports car.

Synonymsflaunt, ostentate, show off, swank

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)display, exhibit, expose

Narrower (hyponym)flex, splurge

4. flash (communication) make known or cause to appear with great speed

SamplesThe latest intelligence is flashed to all command posts.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)convey

5. flash (motion) run or move very quickly or hastily

SamplesShe dashed into the yard.

Synonymsdart, dash, scoot, scud, shoot

Pattern of useSomething is ----ing PP.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it

Narrower (hyponym)plunge

Verb groupbuck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear

6. flash (perception) expose or show briefly

SamplesHe flashed a $100 bill.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)show

7. flash (contact) protect by covering with a thin sheet of metal

SamplesFlash the roof.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)cover

8. flash (change) emit a brief burst of light

SamplesA shooting star flashed and was gone.

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)appear

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