flash light

flashlight

[flash-lahyt]
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:
1885–90; flash + light1

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

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flashlight
Amer.Eng. for what the British might call an electric torch, 1919, from flash + light (n.).
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