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 After sunset, grab a flashlight for nighttime snorkel excursions, in search of nocturnal marine species and glowing bioluminescence. National Geographic, "Baja and the Sea of Cortez Expedition: Marine Conservation," 15 Sep. 2019 Her knickknacks are confined to a small tin at the center of her coffee table that houses some eye drops, a flashlight, a bottle of Advil and an amethyst crystal. Amy Kaufmanstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Linda Ronstadt on the sound of her life," 5 Sep. 2019 Ahead of potentially devastating storms this hurricane season, the Red Cross recommends having several supplies including, a flashlight, batteries, first aid kit, medications, a multi-purpose tool and an emergency blanket. CBS News, "Hurricane Dorian moving up East Coast after leaving Bahamas in ruins," 4 Sep. 2019 Buy, build or restock your emergency kit with flashlights, fresh batteries and first-aid supplies. Shwanika Narayan, SFChronicle.com, "How to cope with PG&E’s power shut-offs," 31 Aug. 2019 Armed with a vacuum cleaner, a flashlight, and a gooey clone that’s semi-impervious to damage, Luigi must overcome his fear and fight off the ghosts to save his friends and family. Matthew Gault, Time, "The 10 Video Games We Can't Wait to Play This Fall," 26 Aug. 2019 In the pocket are two red pens, two blue pens, two black pens, a Sharpie marker and a pen-sized flashlight, as well as a pair of glasses for close work. William Thornton | Wthornton@al.com, al, "The up-and-down life of an Alabama elevator inspector," 10 Aug. 2019 The kit comes with a flashlight, two tires, a big red button, and a mess of cogs and gears. Luke Winkie, Vox, "From build-your-own robots to computer programming 101, STEM toys are flooding the market.," 7 Aug. 2019 The National Weather Service is encouraging residents to create disaster supply kits with three to five days worth of food, water, batteries, flashlights, first-aid kits and other necessities. Brent Kendall, WSJ, "Gulf of Mexico States Brace for Potential Hurricane," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of flashlight

1886, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

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25 Oct 2019

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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 How to pronounce flashlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of flashlight

: a small portable electric light that runs on batteries

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