flashlight

noun flash·light \ ˈflash-ˌlīt \
Updated on: 13 Apr 2018

Definition of flashlight

1 a : a sudden bright artificial light used in taking photographic pictures
b : a photograph taken by such a light
2 : a small battery-operated portable electric light

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First Known Use of flashlight

1886

in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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FLASHLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of flashlight for English Language Learners

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


FLASHLIGHT Defined for Kids

flashlight

noun flash·light \ ˈflash-ˌlīt \

Definition of flashlight for Students

: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries


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