flash·light | \ˈflash-ˌlīt \

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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People may bring their own flashlights or buy one in the Garden Shop. Sonja Haller, azcentral, "Best kids things to do in Phoenix in July: Splash pad parties, shark feeds and free fun," 28 June 2018 But as soon as police got to the scene, the man and his accomplice dashed from a vehicle with their flashlights, police said. Jared Gilmour, miamiherald, "Man caught breaking into cars went for cop’s gun — and it didn’t end well, Mich. police say," 28 June 2018 Security in the outfield eventually got fans to disable their flashlights. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "Red Sox fans annoy opposing batters, delay game with cell phone lights," 7 June 2018 The manager unlocked the office door and Dalu and Heuberger walked in, flicking the beams of their flashlights around the dim, carpeted space. James Vlahos, GQ, "The Mystery of the Killer Vacation," 18 Apr. 2018 Shiflett approached the driver’s side of Boone’s vehicle while shining his flashlight in Boone’s direction, as Boone started to slowly pull off. Kevin Rector, baltimoresun.com, "Man suing Baltimore Police after charges he tried to kill a cop are dropped," 10 Apr. 2018 Register by March 19 and remember to bring your own flashlight and bag or basket. Lake County News-Sun, "Calendar," 26 Mar. 2018 For instance, in the quick settings there are new icons for do not disturb, flashlight, battery saver, autorotate, and the SIM card, but not for Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, airplane mode, or night light. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Android P Preview 4 tweaks gesture navigation, revamps system icons," 3 July 2018 But skies had been clear just a few hours earlier on June 23, when the team of young soccer players trekked into the complex with an assistant coach and disappeared with a day’s worth of food and some flashlights. Time, "Thailand Clings to Hope as the Search for a Missing Soccer Team Enters Its Seventh Day," 30 June 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

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


flash·light | \ˈflash-ˌlīt \

Kids Definition of flashlight

: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries

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