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flashing

[flash-ing] /ˈflæʃ ɪŋ/
noun
1.
Building Trades. pieces of sheet metal or the like used to cover and protect certain joints and angles, as where a roof comes in contact with a wall or chimney, especially against leakage.
2.
the act of creating an artificial flood in a conduit or stream, as in a sewer for cleansing it.
3.
Photography, Movies. the process of increasing film speed by exposing undeveloped film briefly to a weak light source before using it or of exposing photographic printing paper to reduce contrast.
Origin
1775-1785
1775-85; flash + -ing1
Related forms
interflashing, noun
unflashing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for interflashing

flashing

/ˈflæʃɪŋ/
noun
1.
a weatherproof material, esp thin sheet metal, used to cover the valleys between the slopes of a roof, the junction between a chimney and a roof, etc
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Word Origin and History for interflashing

flashing

adj.

1570s, of light; present participle adjective from flash (v.).

n.

"indecent exposure," 1896, verbal noun from flash (v.). The meaning "strip of metal used in roofing, etc." is from 1782, earlier simply flash (1570s), but it is of unknown origin and might be an unrelated word.

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