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Definition of flashing:

  1. A mode of covering transparent white glass with a film of colored glass.
  2. of Flash
  3. Pieces of metal, built into the joints of a wall, so as to lap over the edge of the gutters or to cover the edge of the roofing; also, similar pieces used to cover the valleys of roofs of slate, shingles, or the like. By extension, the metal covering of ridges and hips of roofs; also, in the United States, the protecting of angles and breaks in walls of frame houses with waterproof material, tarred paper, or the like. Cf. Filleting.
  4. The creation of an artifical flood by the sudden letting in of a body of water; - called also flushing.
  5. The reheating of an article at the furnace aperture during manufacture to restore its plastic condition; esp., the reheating of a globe of crown glass to allow it to assume a flat shape as it is rotated.

Synonyms:

jiffy, flash, photoflash, newsbreak, twinkling, flashbulb, blink of an eye, newsflash, flashgun, fanfare, ostentation, flash bulb, heartbeat, flare, trice, wink, bright, flash lamp, split second, news bulletin, instant.

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