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

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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, "Cate Blanchett’s Latest Dress Is Built for Red Carpet Flashbulbs," 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, "Beneath the Glitz of a Ford Automobile Launch in China, Fears of a Trade War Remain," 12 Apr. 2018 What would Hollywood's most flashbulb-saturated season be like this year? Laurel Pinson, Glamour, "Amber Tamblyn, Uzo Aduba, and Tessa Thompson on Time's Up and Why Wearing Black at the Golden Globes Matters," 6 Jan. 2018 In a strapless Giorgio Armani gown and Bulgari jewels, Richie sent the throngs of paparazzi lining the sidewalks into a flashbulb frenzy. Maria Ward, Vogue, "Sofia Richie Channels Marilyn Monroe at the Opening of Bulgari’s Fifth Avenue Flagship," 23 Oct. 2017 The press was there, flashbulbs popped, hurled questions overlapped. James Ellroy, Vanities, "James Ellroy’s Buzz M for Murder," 7 Oct. 2017 As flashbulbs popped, the quarterback hit Stokley across the middle. Bob Kravitz, Indianapolis Star, "Celebrating Peyton Manning: Fans couldn't ask for better end to single-season TD record," 29 Sep. 2017 USA TODAY Sports was invited to be part of the filming, with this writer dressed up as a 1930s-style reporter, complete with a flashbulb-popping camera set-up and a hat with a press card tucked into the brim. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Canelo Alvarez vs. Gennady 'GGG' Golovkin a throwback to when fists did the talking," 30 Aug. 2017 According to Today, Tomososki began to see flashes in his vision, similar to the spots that occur when a picture is taken with a flashbulb. Jason Duaine Hahn, PEOPLE.com, "Man Who Experienced Eye Damage During 1962 Solar Eclipse Gives Warning to Others," 17 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of flashbulb

1935, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of flashbulb

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

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