flash card


: a card bearing words, numbers, or pictures that is briefly displayed (as by a teacher to a class) usually as a learning aid

Examples of flash card in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As a fancy baroque piano soundtrack bubbles up, Snoop straps in for his lesson, which begins with Cordoba shuffling through her flash cards and pouring some imaginary tea. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 24 Apr. 2024 Given privacy concerns, the Census Bureau is proposing using flash cards for in-person interviews and using numbered response categories for people who do not want others in their household to know their responses. Mike Schneider, The Denver Post, 16 Feb. 2024 Another kid might be working on more complex language skills by drilling with flash cards or honing his ability to focus on academic work. Jessica Winter, The New Yorker, 12 Feb. 2024 No one knew Gonzo signed his name with an X. The tutor at the rehab center held up flash cards and sounded out the letters: A, B, C. Martín Espada, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 This stocking stuffer set includes a curation of creative and engaging gifts, including an interactive book, crayons, ABC flash card ring, llama maraca, and wobble toy. Moriah Mason, Southern Living, 31 Oct. 2023 But don't head to the store to buy flash cards and worksheets, which might squelch your child's natural interest in the subject. Parents Editors, Parents, 23 Aug. 2023 Supplies needed include crayons, glue sticks, unscented baby wipes, No. 2 Ticonderoga pencils, thick Crayola markers, tissue boxes, play-doh, flash cards, low-odor dry erase markers, kid-friendly scissors, and paper towels. Jshortavon, cleveland, 17 July 2023 All this is laid out in a series of four textbooks that are accompanied by boxes of flash cards, published by the Ministry of Education. Peter Hessler, The New Yorker, 26 June 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1923, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flash card was in 1923

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“Flash card.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20card. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition

flash card

: a card having words, numbers, or pictures that is held up briefly by a teacher to a class during drills (as in spelling or arithmetic)
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