Definition of flashlight
1a : a sudden bright artificial light used in taking photographic picturesb : a photograph taken by such a light
2 : a small battery-operated portable electric light
Recent Examples of flashlight from the Web
The car of five teenage boys was trying to move out of a parking space when a person shouting profanity and shining a flashlight approached the vehicle.
Their flashlights blazed their snakelike path through the woods and upward.
In his 4½ years as a state senator from Manhattan, Brad Holyman has handed out everything from flashlights to T-shirts at political rallies.
Bug spray and a flashlight should be brought along and children must be accompanied by an adult.
About 800 riders evacuated themselves from the train, relying on phones and FDNY flashlights to lead them aboveground.
These are your current options: bring up the camera app, take a screenshot (my personal favorite), launch HTC Sense Companion, launch an app of your choosing, start an instant voice recording, turn on your Wi-Fi hotspot, or turn on the flashlight.
Nulton’s flashlight illuminated a purse on the floor and a person under a blanket on the couch at precisely the moment that Bak jumped on the sofa.
Staff will shine a small flashlight into your bag and move items aside with a stick to take a look.
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First Known Use of flashlight
FLASHLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of flashlight for English Language Learners
: a small electric light that can be carried in your hand and that runs on batteries
FLASHLIGHT Defined for Kids
Definition of flashlight for Students
: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries
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