flash·​bulb | \ ˈflash-ˌbəlb How to pronounce flashbulb (audio) \

Definition of flashbulb

: an electric bulb that can be used only once to produce a brief and very bright flash for taking photographs

Examples of flashbulb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In a dark theater, the finale — in which the protagonist uses a flashbulb to defend himself — will have its proper blinding effect. New York Times, 8 Apr. 2021 Catching the light of the paparazzi flashbulbs, Lil Nas X’s sequin suit featured a cropped jacket and matching silver cowboy boots—because, yeehaw! Vogue, 27 Aug. 2019 Then Jenni was moving away, and flashbulbs were popping. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, 26 July 2019 There was a smattering of applause, and then dozens of flashbulbs began popping as cameramen took pictures of a vast sea of faces held perfectly still at the same upturned angle and frozen into identical expressions of rapture and awe. Charles Bethea, The New Yorker, 25 May 2018 Straight-faced and stiff-lipped, Ms. Knox dodged flashbulbs as a coterie of bodyguards kept the press at bay. New York Times, 16 June 2019 Straight-faced and stiff-lipped, Knox dodged flashbulbs as a coterie of bodyguards kept the press at bay. Elisabetta Povoledo, BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2019 Overtop the sleeveless silhouette, Galliano then applied a thin layer of iridescent film at the front, which reflected light off of paparazzi flashbulbs and changed colors throughout the step and repeat. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 20 Oct. 2018 Sparkling beneath a hundred flashbulbs, Ford’s newest saloon was presented to the world in the central Chinese megacity of Chongqing on Tuesday, in a symphony of polished paintwork and umbrella-twirling dancers. Time, 12 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of flashbulb

1935, in the meaning defined above

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“Flashbulb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashbulb. Accessed 28 Nov. 2021.

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: an electric bulb that produces a very bright flash of light for taking photographs

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