December 6, 2013 - Word of the Day: flash
Use the word "flash" for things that are fast or things that produce light.
In these examples, "flash" means "fast."
- They finished their work in a flash.
- Three hours of playing football went by in a flash. It was so fun!
- Irene's life flashed before her eyes as the plane descended towards the water, but at the last minute the pilot was able to regain control of the plane.
- A flash flood wiped out the homes that were near the creek.
- A flash mob* appeared in a public square and performed Ode to Joy.
In these examples, "flash" is a type of light or an action involving a light.
- The flashing red light means that you have to stop at the intersection.
- The camera that the photographer is using has a built in flash.
- Old cameras used to have disposable flash attachments.
- A flash of lightning was soon followed by thunder.
- When the power went out, we all searched for our flashlights.
Sometimes the word "flash" means to show:
- It's not a good idea to flash your money around. Someone might rob you.
- The politician walking in the parade flashed two fingers for "victory."
- The police quickly arrested a man who was flashing shoppers in the shopping mall. (flash: to show oneself without clothes)
The word "flashy" is an adjective. This is used to describe people or objects that are shiny or gaudy*:
- That woman always wears a lot of flashy jewelry.
- Bob bought a flashy new Mercedes.
- Flashy fashions are popular among teenagers.
*flash mob: A group of people plan a public performance or event or stunt to the surprise of other people who are in that place. Flash mobs are usually fun and very entertaining.
*gaudy: excessive; overly bright or colorful
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