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 Apple has repurposed its physical mute button on the side of its high-end models into a more customizable tool, allowing users to carry out a handful of commands, from recording a voice memo and taking a picture to turning on the flashlight. Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN, 19 Sep. 2023 The Action Button, which replaces the ring / vibrate switch, can be programmed to do things like activating the camera, turning on the flashlight, starting a Voice Memo, opening a note, switching Focus modes, or running your own custom shortcuts. Emma Roth, The Verge, 13 Sep. 2023 Police say the rifle has a scope and flashlight mounted on top. Adam Sabes, Fox News, 13 Sep. 2023 If the light mentioned in the title refers to subtle gradations on a spectrum, the light in the limited series is like having somebody activate their iPhone flashlight app in your eyes. Daniel Fienberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 10 Sep. 2023 Under covers with a flashlight, when I was supposed to be asleep. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 5 Sep. 2023 Ngoc McShane moved swiftly, armed with a flashlight, thermometer and pen. Cindy Carcamo, Los Angeles Times, 5 Sep. 2023 Paul Hudson, a West Point archaeologist, turned on a flashlight, illuminating the capsule’s dark recesses. Ellen Wexler, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Sep. 2023 Once inside the library, both women went behind the librarian’s desk, using a phone’s flashlight to look through books. Michael Williams, Dallas News, 24 Aug. 2023 See More

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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 3 Oct. 2023.

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