AskDefine | Define flashing

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flashing adj : emitting light in sudden short or intermittent bursts; "flashing lightning and roaring thunder"


1 a short vivid experience; "a flash of emotion swept over him"; "the flashings of pain were a warning" [syn: flash]
2 sheet metal shaped and attached to a roof for strength and weatherproofing

User Contributed Dictionary



(weatherproofing) From original flashing material of copper or aluminum that reflects flashes of sunlight.



  1. The weatherproofed shielding put around objects which protrude from the roof of a building, such as pipes, chimneys, or the edges of other roofs to deflect water away from the seams.
  2. The process of getting rid of gaps on shelves by bringing products from the back of the shelf to the front to create a 'fuller' shelf.
  3. The blinking of a light source, such as a light bulb or computer's cursor.
    The incessant flashing of the neon sign kept the neighborhood awake.
  4. An incidence of indecent exposure.


  1. present participle of flash

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