flash


flash
flash vb Flash, gleam, glance, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle mean to shoot forth light (as in rays or sparks).
Flash implies a sudden and transient outburst of light or a sudden display of something that brilliantly reflects light or seems lighted up
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the headlights . . . flashed into barnyards where fowls slept— Anderson

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flashed all their sabers bare— Tennyson

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his flashing eyes, his floating hair— Coleridge

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Gleam implies a ray which shines through an intervening medium or against a background of relative darkness
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I see the lights of the village gleam through the rain and mist— Longfellow

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a light gleamed through the chinks in the wall— Dickens

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his dislike of me gleamed in his blue eyes and in his supercilious cold smile— Rose Macaulay

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Glance implies darting or obliquely reflected light; glint implies quickly glancing or gleaming light
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besides the glancing tears . . . some diamonds . . . glanced on the bride's hand— Dickens

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an insane light glanced in her heavy black eyes— Stowe

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specks of sail that glinted in the sunlight far at sea— Dickens

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when the first sunshine through their dewdrops glintsJ. R. Lowell

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the large brass scales near the flour bins glintedBennett

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Sparkle suggests quick, bright, brief, and innumerable small flashes of light; glitter connotes greater brilliancy or showiness than sparkle, sometimes with the implication of something sinister
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the fireflies . . . sparkled most vividly in the darkest places— Irving

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the sparkling waves— Wordsworth

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everything sparkled like a garden after a shower— Cather

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eyes sparkling with amusement

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eyes glittering with greed

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glittering rings

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the sunshine sifted down . . . and the yellow flower . . . caught it, and glittered like a topaz— Deland

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Glisten implies a more or less subdued sparkle, glitter, or gleaming that suggests the lustrous shining quality of a moist surface
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dew glistening in the soft morning light

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snowy mountains glistening through a summer atmosphere— Irving

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eyes glistening with heavenly tears— Carlyle

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Scintillate implies the emission of sparks in a steady stream or a sparkling suggestive of such an emission; coruscate the emission of a brilliant flash or succession of flashes; both words have extended as well as literal use
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a night so clear that the stars seem to scintillate

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an ornate style that coruscated with verbal epigrams— Huxley

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coruscating wit

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Twinkle suggests a soft and intermittent sparkling, often wavering and lustrous
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twinkle, twinkle, little star . . . like a diamond in the sky— Jane & Ann Taylor

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sunbeams . . . twinkled on the glass and silver of the sideboard— Cather

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he looked at her and his eyes twinkledAnderson

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Analogous words: shoot, dart (see FLY): *rise, surge, tower, rocket: *blaze, flame, flare, glare, glow
flash n second, *instant, moment, minute, jiffy, twinkling, split second

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