- To burst or break forth with a sudden and transient flood of flame and light; as, the lighting flashes vividly; the powder flashed.
- To break forth, as a sudden flood of light; to burst instantly and brightly on the sight; to show a momentary brilliancy; to come or pass like a flash."Names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles." [Talfourd.]"The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind." [M. Arnold.]"A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act." [Tennyson.]
- To burst forth like a sudden flame; to break out violently; to rush hastily."Every hour
He flashes into one gross crime or other." [Shak.]synonyms: Flash Glitter Gleam Glisten Glister.
Usage: Flash differs from glitter and gleam, denoting a flood or wide extent of light. The latter words may express the issuing of light from a small object, or from a pencil of rays. Flash differs from other words, also, in denoting suddenness of appearance and disappearance. Flashing differs from exploding or disploding in not being accompanied with a loud report. To glisten, or glister, is to shine with a soft and fitful luster, as eyes suffused with tears, or flowers wet with dew.
Etymology: Cf. OE. flaskien vlaskien to pour, sprinkle, dial. Sw. flasa to blaze, E. flush flare