flash·​light ˈflash-ˌlīt How to pronounce flashlight (audio)
: a small battery-operated portable electric light
: a sudden bright artificial light used in taking photographic pictures
: a photograph taken by such a light

Examples of flashlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Paddlers must bring their own watercraft, personal flotation device (PFD), whistle, and an electric white light (flashlight, lantern, or headlamp). Joe Rassel, Orlando Sentinel, 3 July 2024 Emergency go kits should include flashlights, extra batteries, family prescriptions, a weather radio, copies of important documents and enough nonperishable food and water for at least 72 hours, Department of Emergency and Military Affairs says. Coleby Phillips, The Arizona Republic, 2 July 2024 Researchers set out along the rivers armed with flashlights on their heads and a Walkman recorder, according to the study. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 1 July 2024 Footage from the agents’ body cameras showed their flashlights casting through the dark of the Arizona desert, choppily illuminating saguaro cacti and low shrubs in the neighborhood in search of movement in the area, before noticing the unarmed 58-year-old standing in his front yard. Caitlin Stephen Hu, CNN, 24 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for flashlight 

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Word History

First Known Use

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Time Traveler
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 19 Jul. 2024.

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flash·​light ˈflash-ˌlīt How to pronounce flashlight (audio)
: a small battery-operated portable electric light
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