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 Dear Heloise: When the power goes out during a storm, standing a flashlight up pointing to the ceiling will light up the whole room. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Shoo those birds from the balcony," 14 May 2020 There’s another example around 5:30, where the player character’s fantasy-flashlight reflects off a bunch of metal objects in a treasure chamber. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Epic's Unreal Engine 5 demo looks stunning, and how the new graphics work is just as important," 13 May 2020 There was a map of the subway system taped on her wall, a tall black metal bookcase with stacks of forms on the shelves, and, in the corner, a large orange heavy-duty flashlight. The New Yorker, "at the epicenter of the pandemic.," 27 Apr. 2020 Suspicious situation: Wainwright Terrace Police were called at 3:32 a.m. April 18 about someone with a flashlight outside in the area. cleveland, "Friends reach out after woman does not answer phone, texts: Olmsted Falls Police Blotter," 23 Apr. 2020 Have several flashlights with extra batteries as well as a first-aid kit. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "What should you do if your power goes out during a storm? Alabama Power weighs in," 12 Apr. 2020 That includes having radios, televisions and phones on for any alerts and always keeping emergency items at the ready, such as food, water, flashlights with batteries and first-aid kits. Billy Kobin, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville under flash flood watch until early Friday as severe weather hits Kentucky," 12 Mar. 2020 The Anker Bolder LC90 flashlight is excellent to have in case of a power outage, emergency, and any other mishap that might occur. Shayna Murphy, USA TODAY, "The 5 best weekend deals you can get on Amazon," 29 Feb. 2020 This adjustable Gorillatorch flashlight from Joby is the perfect stand-in when no one's around to help. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "31 Great Gifts for Father’s Day 2019," 5 June 2019

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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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23 May 2020

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“Flashlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashlight. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of flashlight

US : a small electric light that can be carried in your hand and that runs on batteries


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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