flashlight (plural flashlights)
- (US, Canada) A battery-powered hand-held light source.
- 1997, Saul Bellow, The Actual, New York: Viking, page 32:
- At school he used to do Dr. Jekyll turning into Mr. Hyde, shining a flashlight into his face.
- A flashgun (device used to create flashes of light for photography).
- 1943, Sinclair Lewis, chapter XIII, in Gideon Planish, London: Jonathan Cape, page 121:
- He sat in an arm-chair with his forefinger to his temple, and when the photographer's flashlight went off, he hoped that the hotel had caught fire and that this would end it all.
- 1992, Adam Thorpe, Ulverton, New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, published 1994, page 235:
- […] the flashlight exploded like a tiny bomb, making the Vicar jump a little, which explains why his face is a thankful blur, his deadly role forgotten to history (I have the photograph before me now).
- 2006, Stefan Zweig, Anthea Bell, transl., Chess, London: Penguin:
- […] two or three bright flashlights went off close to us. It seemed that some prominent person was being quickly interviewed by reporters and photographed just before the ship left.
- (obsolete) A photograph taken with a flash camera.
- (hand-held light source) torch (UK, Aus, NZ)
- → Cebuano: plaslayt
battery-powered hand-held light source
flashlight (third-person singular simple present flashlights, present participle flashlighting, simple past and past participle flashlit)
- (transitive) To illuminate with a flashlight.
- 2011, Bart Bare, Wadmalaw: A Ghost Story, page 51:
- Autis stepped carefully while flashlighting the fog in front of himself and Gar.