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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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 The sun serves as a celestial flashlight, shining its light on everything. Allure, "How the Sun's Position In Your Birth Chart Affects Your Zodiac Sign," 14 Aug. 2018 Pack Goal Zero’s Torch 250 Flashlight ($79.95) to use as a flashlight or tabletop torch, with multiple light options and even a hand crank to keep it powered up on your trip. Nena Farrell, Sunset, "How to DIY an Insta-Worthy Car Camper," 22 Jan. 2018 As the crowd dispersed, officers systematically searched for shell casings, lining up shoulder to shoulder and shining flashlights on the street. Madeline Buckley, chicagotribune.com, "At least 6 shot in park on South Side: 'It was real close'," 26 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

US : 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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