flash tube

variants: or less commonly flashtube \ ˈflash-​ˌt(y)üb How to pronounce flash tube (audio) \
plural flash tubes also flashtubes

Definition of flash tube

: a gas discharge tube that produces very brief intense flashes of light and is used especially in photography

Examples of flash tube in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Pratt and his wife, Heidi Montag, are a couple whose bond was forged in the crucible of a paparazzo’s flashtube. Troy Patterson, The New Yorker, "“The Hills: New Beginnings” and Our Warped American Reality," 17 July 2019

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First Known Use of flash tube

1945, in the meaning defined above

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20 Jan 2021

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“Flash tube.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flash%20tube. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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