flashback

noun flash·back \ ˈflash-ˌbak \

Definition of flashback

1 :a recession of flame to an unwanted position (as into a blowpipe)
2 a :interruption of chronological sequence (as in a film or literary work) by interjection of events of earlier occurrence; also :an instance of flashback
b :a past incident recurring vividly in the mind

Examples of flashback in a Sentence

  1. The character's childhood was described in a series of flashbacks.

  2. He's having flashbacks of his days in the war.

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First Known Use of flashback

1903


flash back

verb

Definition of flash back

intransitive verb
1 :to focus one's mind on or vividly remember a past time or incident usually used with to
  • flashed back to my childhood
2 :to employ a flashback (as in a film) usually used with to

First Known Use of flash back

1944


FLASHBACK Defined for English Language Learners

flashback

noun

Definition of flashback for English Language Learners

  • : a part of a story or movie that describes or shows something that happened in the past

  • : a strong memory of a past event that comes suddenly into a person's mind



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