Flash vs Explode - What's the difference?

flash | explode |

As a proper noun flash

is (computing) a popular multimedia platform, most often used for adding animation and interactivity to webpages.

As a verb explode is

to destroy with an explosion.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?



(wikipedia flash)

Etymology 1

In some senses, from (etyl) flasshen, a variant of flasken, , related to (m).


  • To briefly illuminate a scene.
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  • To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
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  • *:Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  • To be visible briefly.
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  • *, chapter=5
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}
  • To make visible briefly.
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  • (lb) To break forth like a sudden flood of light; to show a momentary brilliance.
  • *(Thomas Talfourd) (1795–1854)
  • *:names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles
  • *(Matthew Arnold) (1822-1888)
  • *:The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • *:A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act.
  • To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.
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  • To communicate quickly.
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  • (lb) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
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  • (lb) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
  • (lb) To perform a .
  • To move, or cause to move, suddenly
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=January 11, author=Jonathan Stevenson, work=BBC
  • , title= West Ham 2-1 Birmingham , passage=But they survived some real pressure as David Murphy flashed a header inches wide of Rob Green's right-hand post
  • (lb) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different colour.
  • To trick up in a showy manner.
  • *(Antony Brewer) (fl.1655)
  • *:Limning and flashing it with various dyes.
  • To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:He rudely flashed the waves about.
  • (lb) To telephone a person, only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back.
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  • To evaporate suddenly. See (Flash evaporation).
  • To climb (a route) successfully on the first attempt.
  • Synonyms
    * (to briefly illuminate) glint * (telephoning) beep
    Derived terms
    * flashback * flasher * flashforward * flashing * flashlight * flash up
    See also
    * gleam


  • A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
  • (figurative) A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the flash and outbreak of a fiery mind
  • * Wirt
  • No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy.
  • (linguistics) A language, created by a minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.
  • A very short amount of time.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash .
  • * 1876, , The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ,
  • Quick—something must be done! done in a flash , too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention.
  • * 2011 , Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15195384.stm]
  • Fabio Capello insisted Rooney was in the right frame of mind to play in stormy Podgorica despite his father's arrest on Thursday in a probe into alleged betting irregularities, but his flash of temper - when he kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic - suggested otherwise.
  • Material]] left around the edge of a [[mould, moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
  • (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
  • (US, colloquial) A flashlight or electric torch.
  • * 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 34:
  • I reached a flash out of my car pocket and went down-grade and looked at the car.
  • A light used for photography - a shortened form of camera flash.
  • (juggling) A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.
  • (archaic) A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for colouring liquor to make it look stronger.
  • Synonyms
    * gleam, glint * (material left around the edge of a mould) moulding flash, molding flash
    * (very short amount of time) aeon
    * light
    Derived terms
    * antiflash * camera flash * flashy * flashbulb * flash flood * flash in the pan * flash memory * flash photography * flash point * flashproof * in a flash * quick as a flash
    See also
    * sparkle, shimmer, glimmer, twinkle


    (en adjective)
  • Expensive-looking and demanding attention; stylish; showy.
  • * 1892 , Banjo Paterson,
  • The barber man was small and flash , as barbers mostly are,
    He wore a strike-your-fancy sash, he smoked a huge cigar;
  • (UK, of a person) Having plenty of ready money.
  • (UK, of a person) Liable to show off expensive possessions or money.
  • (US, slang) Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.
  • References

    * * For the sense ‘a short period of time’, the 1858 Notes and Queries of Martim de Albuquerque was consulted. From page 437 of the sixth volume of the second series, published in London by Bell & Dally, 186 Fleet Street, in 1858 : *: Ought we not to collect for posterity the various ways in which very short times are denoted. Besides the one at the head, there are, — in no time, in next to no time, in less than no time, in a trice, in a jiffy, in a brace of shakes, before you can say Jack Robinson, in a crack, in the squeezing of a lemon, in the doubling of your fist, in the twinkling of an eye, in a moment, in an instant, in a flash.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) flasche, flaske; compare (etyl) flache, (etyl) flaque, which is of (etyl) origin, akin to Middle Dutch .


  • A pool.
  • (Halliwell)
  • (engineering) A reservoir and sluiceway beside a navigable stream, just above a shoal, so that the stream may pour in water as boats pass, and thus bear them over the shoal.
  • Derived terms
    * flash wheel


    * English ergative verbs ----




    Alternative forms

    * asplode, esplode (all non-standard)


  • To destroy with an explosion.
  • The assassin exploded the car by means of a car bomb.
  • To destroy violently or abruptly.
  • They sought to explode the myth.
  • To create an exploded view.
  • Explode the assembly drawing so that all the fasteners are visible.
  • (archaic) To disprove or debunk.
  • *, II, 344
  • Astrology is required by many famous physiciansdoubted of, and exploded by others.
  • To blast, to blow up, to burst, to detonate, to go off.
  • The bomb explodes .
  • (figuratively) To make a violent or emotional outburst.
  • She exploded when I criticised her hat.
  • * 1902 , Albert R. Carman, “My Bridal Trip” (short story), in The Canadian Magazine , Volume 20, Number 1 (November 1902), page 15:
  • “Nonsense!” Jack exploded at me. “Why Miss Bertram here knocked that theory into a cocked hat coming over on the train.”
  • (computing, programming, PHP) To break (a delimited string of text) into several smaller strings by removing the separators.
  • * 2004 , Hugh E. Williams, ?David Lane, Web Database Applications with PHP and MySQL
  • The third check uses the exploded data stored in the array $parts and the function checkdate() to test if the date is a valid calendar date.
  • To decompress (data) that was previously imploded.
  • * 1992 , "Steve Tibbett", PKZIP Implode compression/decompression.'' (on newsgroup ''comp.compression )
  • I'm looking for some code that will implode data using the PKZIP method.. and explode it. PKWare sells an object that you can link with that does the job, and we have licensed this, but we are now writing 32 bit code for MS-DOS and the PKWare stuff won't work


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