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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Some wear caps with lighted visors illuminating their faces; others have flashlights and tablets for that purpose. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "‘The Mile-Long Opera: A Biography of 7 O’Clock’ Review: A Theme-Park Performance," 8 Oct. 2018 Investigators gathered in the lot of the appliance parts store, where officers used flashlights to search the pavement. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Man shot in New Orleans East: NOPD," 31 May 2018 Full moons reveal everything — the good, the bad, and the ugly — and this celestial flashlight will be shining on your extended friend group. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Cancer Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 Brushing my teeth with bottled water and reading magazines by flashlight for a couple of weeks felt more like an adventure than a hardship. New York Times, "What It’s Like to Visit San Juan Now," 30 Jan. 2018 The boys—described by friends as a tightknit group that is soccer-mad—brought some snacks and a little water, and each had a flashlight, Thai authorities said. Jake Maxwell Watts, WSJ, "Four Boys Rescued From Flooded Thai Cave," 8 July 2018 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

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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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