flash·​light | \ ˈflash-ˌlīt How to pronounce flashlight (audio) \

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

Examples of flashlight in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Of course, one of the most crucial items to have in such a kit is a flashlight! Greta Good, Chron, "This army-grade flashlight is a must-have for your emergency kit," 14 Apr. 2021 This flashlight includes our signature Olight blue accents with the latest Cree XM-L2 LED that covers an output range from 0.5~1,050 lumens. Maren Estrada, BGR, "These 10 Amazon deals are special because only Prime members can get them," 7 Apr. 2021 Always keep a spare set of shoes and a working flashlight next to every bed. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Here are the basics for prepping your home to weather that inevitable earthquake," 14 Mar. 2021 The intensity of the experience can be varied by moving the phone or stopped instantly by turning the flashlight away. A.j. Herrington, Forbes, "Want To Take A Psychedelic Trip? There’s Now An App For That," 2 Mar. 2021 Like with the flashlight, take the batteries out and store them with the radio. Matt Jancer, Wired, "The Best Emergency Gear to Keep at Home," 17 Feb. 2021 Like the flashlight, this item can brighten up a tough day. Rob Verger, Popular Science, "Gifts that every car owner should have," 18 Dec. 2020 Whitmore was carrying a small keychain-style flashlight and Hampton’s air compressor, Hampton testified. Megan Crepeau, chicagotribune.com, "First Cook County jury to hear a case after court closures for COVID-19 finds man guilty of burglary," 24 Mar. 2021 When hiking, always head out with a buddy, a plan, a map, bug repellent, sunscreen, a first-aid kit, a flashlight, snacks and plenty of water. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, "10 Orlando-area hikes to enjoy before it gets too hot," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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20 Apr 2021

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“Flashlight.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flashlight. Accessed 20 Apr. 2021.

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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 How to pronounce flashlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of flashlight

: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries

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