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flash (moment)

Definition:

a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)

Class:

time noun (time and temporal relations)

Plural:

flashes

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Usage example:

if I had the chance I'd do it in a flash

Etymology:

[verb] from flasken (about 1300) "to dash or splash" (as water), ... | [noun]...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of flash...

Definition references

Wiktionary:

blink of an eye [idiomatic]

A very short period of time. (6 of 8 words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/blink of an eye

Collins Dictionary:

New York minute [United States, Canadian, informal] | instant [synonym]

a very short period of time; instant (7 of 312 words, 3 usage examples)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/new-york-minute

Wikipedia:

New York Minute [disambiguation]

may refer to: New York Minute (film), a 2004 American teen comedy starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen | "New York Minute" (song), a song by Don Henley | "New York Minute" (Law & Order), an episode of Law & Order | New York Minute, a 2004 short film by ... (46 of 127 words, 6 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/New York Minute

Merriam-Webster:

New York minute | instant [synonym] | flash [synonym] | beat [synonym] | eyeblink [synonym] | heartbeat [synonym] | jiff [synonym] | jiffy [synonym] | minute [synonym] | ...

"instant", "flash" (2 of 84 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/new york minute

Oxford Dictionary:

New York minute

Syllabification: (New York minĀ·ute) | [United States, informal] | a very short time; a moment (13 of 60 words, 3 definitions, 1 usage example)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/New-York-minute

New York minute [United States, informal]

a very short time; a moment (6 of 31 words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/New-York-minute

American Heritage Dictionary:

New York minute [slang]

An extremely short period of time (6 of 35 words, 2 usage examples)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/new-york-minute

Macmillan British Dictionary:

split second [singular] | split-second [adjective, related]

an extremely small amount of time (6 of 42 words, 1 usage example)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/split-second

Cambridge Dictionary:

split second

a very short moment of time (6 of 30 words, 2 usage examples)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/split-second

Random House Dictionary:

split second

a fraction of a second. | an infinitesimal amount of time; instant; twinkling. (12 of 16 words, 2 definitions)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/split-second

New World Dictionary:

split second | split-second [adjective, related]

a fraction of a second (5 of 9 words)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/split-second

Columbia Encyclopedia:

seeing | twinkling

in astronomy, the clarity with which stars and other celestial objects can be observed. It's primarily determined by the atmosphere of the earth. The ... (24 of 304 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0844291​.html

Britannica Encyclopedia:

minute [unit of time]

in timekeeping, 60 seconds, now defined in terms of radiation emitted from atoms of the element cesium under specified conditions. The minute was ... (23 of 105 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/384662​/minute

Encarta Dictionary:

split second | split seconds [plural]

an extremely brief amount of time (6 of 18 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861712121​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

flash

First use: 1560s | late 14th century

Origin: [verb] from flasken (about 1300) "to dash or splash" (as water), ... | [noun] from "flash" (verb); originally of lightning. Meaning "first news ... (26 of 99 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=flash

Wiktionary:

flash | flashes [plural] | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle]

Origin: the Middle English word flashen ("to splash"), a variant of flasken, which was likely of imitative origin.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flash

Collins Dictionary:

flash

First use: 14th century

Origin: (in the sense: to rush, as of water): of unknown origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flash

American Heritage Dictionary:

flash | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle] | flashes [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Middle English flashen, to splash, variant of flasken, of imitative origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flash

New World Dictionary:

flash

Origin: Middle English flashen, to splash, sprinkle; of echoic originally

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flash

Oxford Dictionary:

flash [entry 1] | Flash | like | as

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "splash water about"): probably imitative; compare with "flush1" and "splash" | sense-specific: with allusion ... (18 of 34 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/flash

flash [entry 2]

Origin: Middle English (in the sense "a marshy place"): from Old French flache, variant of Picard and Norman dialect flaque, from Middle Dutch ... (22 of 32 etymology words)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/american english​/flash--2

Merriam-Webster:

flash [entry 1, verb]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English flaschen, of imitative origin

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/flash

Encarta Dictionary:

flash | flashes [plural] | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Probably an imitation of the sound of splashing

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861612003​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wiktionary:

flash | flashes [plural] | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle]

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flash"

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/flash

Collins Dictionary:

flash

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flash"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/flash

Macmillan British Dictionary:

flash | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle] | flashes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flash"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flash

flash [noun] | flashes [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flash"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flash 23

flash [adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "flash"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/flash 40

Macmillan American Dictionary:

flash [verb] | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle] | flashes [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flash"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/flash

flash [noun] | flashes [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flash"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/flash 23

flash [adjective]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flash"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/flash 40

Cambridge Dictionary:

flash [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "flash"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "flash"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/flash 1

the Free Dictionary:

flash

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "flash"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "flash"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "flash" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/flash

Google Dictionary:

flash | flashes [plural] | flashed [past tense] | flashing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "flash"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=flash

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

flash

Audio: North American pronunciation of "flash"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=flash​001 word=flash

YourDictionary Audio:

flash

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "flash" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/flash

freedictionary.org:

Flash

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "Flash" by speech synthesizer

freedictionary​.org​/ Query=flash

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