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

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Word History

First Known Use

1935, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flashbulb was in 1935

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“Flashbulb.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashbulb. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

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flash·​bulb -ˌbəlb How to pronounce flashbulb (audio)
: an electric bulb that produces a brief and very bright flash for taking photographs

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