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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Flash  \Flash\,  n.;  pl  {Flashes}. 
  1.  A  sudden  burst  of  light;  a  flood  of  light  instantaneously 
  appearing  and  disappearing;  a  momentary  blaze;  as  a  flash 
  of  lightning. 
 
  2.  A  sudden  and  brilliant  burst,  as  of  wit  or  genius;  a 
  momentary  brightness  or  show 
 
  The  flash  and  outbreak  of  a  fiery  mind.  --Shak. 
 
  No  striking  sentiment,  no  flash  of  fancy.  --Wirt. 
 
  3.  The  time  during  which  a  flash  is  visible;  an  instant;  a 
  very  brief  period. 
 
  The  Persians  and  Macedonians  had  it  for  a  flash. 
  --Bacon. 
 
  4.  A  preparation  of  capsicum,  burnt  sugar,  etc.,  for  coloring 
  and  giving  a  fictious  strength  to  liquors. 
 
  {Flash  light},  or  {Flashing  light},  a  kind  of  light  shown  by 
  lighthouses,  produced  by  the  revolution  of  reflectors,  so 
  as  to  show  a  flash  of  light  every  few  seconds,  alternating 
  with  periods  of  dimness.  --Knight. 
 
  {Flash  in  the  pan},  the  flashing  of  the  priming  in  the  pan  of 
  a  flintlock  musket  without  discharging  the  piece;  hence 
  sudden,  spasmodic  effort  that  accomplishes  nothing. 




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