1. Also called, especially British, torch. a small, portable electric lamp powered by dry batteries, LEDs, or a tiny generator.
  2. a light that flashes, as a lighthouse beacon.
  3. any source of artificial light as used in flash photography.


  1. mainly US and Canadian a small portable electric lamp powered by one or more dry batteriesAlso called (in Britain and certain other countries): torch
  2. photog the brief bright light emitted by an electronic flash unitSometimes shortened to: flash
  3. mainly US and Canadian a light that flashes, used for signalling, in a lighthouse, etc

American English for what the British might call an electric torch; 1919, from flash + light (n.).

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