flash[ flash ]SEE DEFINITION OF flash
EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR FLASH
She dropped into her chair, with a flash of resentment at the proximity of the other table.
This flash of gold is the only brightness in the place, otherwise dull and monotonous.
If I could only flash last night—every glorious minute of it—upon paper!
She looked at him an instant, and then in a flash realised her true position.
The strange treachery at Maizar in June was a flash in the pan.
The flash of orange, the blaze of red, the gleam of green, were what she needed.
Their glances crossed like rapiers for the flash of an instant.
He had seen a vessel, by a flash, and he thought she was English, from her size.
I saw him but a moment, by means of a flash of lightning, and I think he must have seen me.
Like a flash he wheeled, to add yet another picture to his mental gallery.
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.