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flashlight

[flash-lahyt] /ˈflæʃˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
Also called, especially British, torch. a small, portable electric lamp powered by dry batteries or a tiny generator.
2.
a light that flashes, as a lighthouse beacon.
3.
any source of artificial light as used in flash photography.
Origin
1885-1890
1885-90; flash + light1
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British Dictionary definitions for flash light

flashlight

/ˈflæʃˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) a small portable electric lamp powered by one or more dry batteries Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) torch
2.
(photog) the brief bright light emitted by an electronic flash unit Sometimes shortened to flash
3.
(mainly US & Canadian) a light that flashes, used for signalling, in a lighthouse, etc
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Word Origin and History for flash light

flashlight

n.

American English for what the British might call an electric torch; 1919, from flash + light (n.).

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