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

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After what felt like an eternity, the flashlight hit a spot. Anna Orso, Philly.com, "What happened after this man's wedding ring fell in a Philly sidewalk grate," 4 June 2018 Thankfully Triple Creek Ranch, my eventual destination, came stocked with every amenity: extra rain jackets, flashlights, and packets of sunscreen. Ella Riley-adams, Vogue, "I Ditched My Phone for a Montana Cattle Drive (and Finally Dealt With My Feelings)," 3 Oct. 2018 On a Monday in February just after 7 a.m., a Los Angeles police officer approached a woman sleeping near the ticketing machines at Union Station and turned his flashlight on and off in her face. Laura J. Nelson, latimes.com, "As waves of homeless descend onto trains, L.A. tries a new strategy: social workers on the subway," 6 Apr. 2018 Two former state troopers and a sheriff's deputy were charged with assaulting a pedestrian with flashlights and a police dog during an April altercation. Alex Derosier And Jonathan Drew, Fox News, "DA: No charges for police videotaped subduing man with baton," 20 Aug. 2018 In addition, the app provides one-touch access to the phone's flashlight and allows users to sound an alarm, in case of emergency. Marco Santana, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Hurricane season apps, tech can help you cope," 30 May 2018 One neighbor came with a flashlight and a helping hand, the other neighbor came with a huge ladder, his girlfriend and a rifle. Rasputin Todd, Cincinnati.com, "The diary of a broken man and his 'pet' raccoon," 11 May 2018 Then there are grenades, food, and water, a poncho, and liner, plus personal items such as a flashlight, night vision gear, and medical kit. David Hambling, Popular Mechanics, "The Overloaded Soldier: Why U.S. Infantry Now Carry More Weight Than Ever," 26 Dec. 2018 Unsurprisingly, bottled water, batteries, and flashlights, but also cookies, chips, and alcohol. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "Why some people buy Pop-Tarts and liquor before a hurricane — and some people don’t prepare at all.," 12 Sep. 2018

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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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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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