Definition of flashlight
1a : a sudden bright artificial light used in taking photographic picturesb : a photograph taken by such a light
2 : a small battery-operated portable electric light
Recent Examples of flashlight from the Web
Smith then struck her mother with a flashlight in the doorway to her bedroom, moved her to the living room and proceeded to strike her several more times with the mallet, according to the Leavenworth County Attorney.
Each boat has a flashlight (only used to increase visibility should a motor boat come by.)
No lanterns are allowed and flashlights should have only red lights -- no white lights.
Investigators used flashlights to scour the ground around a car parked to the side of Old Prieur, its headlights on and caution lights still blinking.
This is McCann demonstrating the Mace LED flashlight and stun gun.
According to police, at 4:30 a.m., officers were called to the 1500 block of Southgate Road after a witness heard a loud noise outside and then observed a person with a flashlight and a backpack standing near the side of the home.
The men circled them, examining their ear canals with flashlights, prodding the consistency of their fur with pens.
Initial results were less than encouraging, but that may be as much a comment on the vigor of San Francisco mosquitoes as the effectiveness of the Therapik, which appears to be little more than a doctored flashlight.
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First Known Use of flashlight
FLASHLIGHT Defined for English Language Learners
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
Definition of flashlight for Students
: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries
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