As nouns the difference between electrocution and flashover
is that electrocution
is electrocution (death or suicide by electric shock) while flashover
is the near simultaneous ignition of all combustible material in an enclosed area.
The accidental death or suicide by electric shock.
Deliberate execution by electric shock, usually involving an electric chair.
(informal, deprecated) A severe electric shock, whether fatal or not.
Formally, the words electrocution'' and ''electrocute'' imply fatality. Informally, however, these terms are sometimes used to refer to serious but ''nonfatal electric shocks''. Preferred usage is to normally reserve ''electrocution'' for fatal electric shocks, and to use ''shock'' or ''electric shock for nonfatal ones.
The near simultaneous ignition of all combustible material in an enclosed area.
An unintended electric discharge or arc over or around an insulator