flash·​light | \ ˈflash-ˌlīt How to pronounce flashlight (audio) \

Definition of flashlight

1 : a small battery-operated portable electric light
2a : a sudden bright artificial light used in taking photographic pictures
b : a photograph taken by such a light

Examples of flashlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dorit, 45, recounts the evening as security footage shows one man with a flashlight looking around. Erin Jensen, USA TODAY, 12 May 2022 Her uniform — a blue jumpsuit with a snazzy red stripe — is accessorized by pumps and a flashlight. Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2022 Thiele shined a flashlight into a crack and spotted what appeared to be a blanket, reports say. Cliff Pinckard, cleveland, 16 Feb. 2022 The National Weather Service then recommends packing the following: blankets, a First Aid kit, cellphone charger, jumper cables, tire chains, water and snacks, a flashlight, warm clothes, blankets, a tow rope, and a shovel or ice scraper. Sarah Nelson, The Indianapolis Star, 2 Feb. 2022 Surveillance footage showed Helus and CHP Officer Todd Barrett slowly entering the bar with guns raised and Helus with a flashlight on the barrel of his rifle scanning the darkness. NBC News, 19 Jan. 2022 So Ochoa’s son Alex turned on his phone’s flashlight and made a beeline for his room. Washington Post, 5 Apr. 2022 Bring flashlight for this nighttime egg hunt for ages 12-under. Luann Gibbs, The Enquirer, 31 Mar. 2022 Laid out on the sidewalk by his feet was a cornucopia of items: shoes, jeans, moisturizer, even a fan and a flashlight. J.d. Morris, San Francisco Chronicle, 30 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of flashlight

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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The first known use of flashlight was in 1886

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“Flashlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashlight. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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flash·​light | \ ˈflash-ˌlīt How to pronounce flashlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of flashlight

: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries


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