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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Presumably that flash card will reveal more useful details, such as when belts where buckled and unbuckled, when pedals were pressed, perhaps when weight sensors or other sensors indicated movement. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 While Tesla got some data, a flash card in the car’s black box has yet to be examined by them. Brad Templeton, Forbes, 28 Apr. 2021 With a handful of new friends like Eric (Matt McGorry), Elijah dives into a life of flash cards, maps of wine-making regions, and competitive tasting. John Defore, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Mar. 2020 Maybe some type of digital flash cards would work there. Rhett Allain, Wired, 17 Mar. 2020 With schools closed for tens of millions of children across the country, parents began using lesson plans that included flash cards, online learning, dog walks and creativity sessions. Christopher Rugaber, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Mar. 2020 Many of his compositions feature photographs or text borrowed from disparate sources, and have the lucid, unadorned look of educational materials, especially flash cards and posters inscribed with useful information in sans-serif, jumbo-size type. Deborah Solomon, New York Times, 7 Jan. 2020 There is a captivating oddity to how this tastily detestable character speaks, as if her frontal lobe were programmed with grammar and usage flash cards. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, 10 Oct. 2019 Your Baby Can Read was a series of flash cards, videos and books that purported to teach children from three months to five years to read. Erik Vance, Scientific American, 15 May 2018 See More

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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 27 Mar. 2023.

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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