Definition of flashlight in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈflaʃlʌɪt/


1chiefly North American An electric torch.
Example sentences
  • If you plan to rely on flashlights or electric lanterns for emergency lighting, be sure to keep plenty of fresh batteries on hand.
  • Rogers, the electrician, held a flashlight in one hand and was digging through the box with the other.
  • The numerous torches and flashlights held by the soldiers was a blinding sight.
2A flashing light used for signals and in lighthouses.
Example sentences
  • Hundreds and hundreds of flashlights are signalling us… strobe lights, flares.
  • Behind there was the lighthouse sweep of flashlights traversing empty space.
3 another term for flashgun.
Example sentences
  • Though it is good that there is interest in the turtles, the beach is awash with flashlights and flashbulbs, causing considerable disturbance to the turtles.
  • It all came true with a Prince's Trust loan of £2,000 which allowed her to buy a medium format camera and studio flashlights with enough left over to turn her garden shed into a light-sealed dark room and to advertise.
  • A short foray into the spotlights, the briefest dance with immortality and then exit stage left in a body bag illuminated by a thousand camera flashlights.

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