Quick answer
"Flash" is a noun which is often translated as "el destello", and "lightning" is a noun which is often translated as "el relámpago". Learn more about the difference between "flash" and "lightning" below.
flash(
flahsh
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (burst)
a. el destello
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of light)
Several witnesses claim to have seen a rare flash in the sky.Varios testigos afirmaron haber visto un destello extraño en el cielo.
b. el fogonazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of a gun)
All he remembers is the flash before the bullet hit him.Solo recuerda el fogonazo antes de que la bala le alcanzara.
c. los destellos
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(of jewelry)
A diamond's flash is no brighter than your eyes.Los destellos de un diamante no son más brillantes que tus ojos.
2. (photography)
a. el flash
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The flash of the new DLSR camera is more powerful than ever.El flash de la nueva cámara réflex es más potente que nunca.
3. (period of time)
a. el instante
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Do you remember what happened? - It was all over in a flash!¿Recuerdas lo que ocurrió? - ¡Todo pasó en un instante!
4. (burst of genius)
a. el momento
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A good artist makes the most of their flashes of inspiration wherever they may be.Un buen artista aprovecha sus momentos de inspiración dondequiera que esté.
b. el ramalazo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Suddenly, the solution came to her in a flash.De repente, le vino la solución de un ramalazo.
5. (journalism)
a. el avance informativo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Reporters just got a flash that the kidnappers released the 20 hostages an hour ago.Los periodistas acaban de recibir un avance informativo que los secuestradores liberaron a los 20 rehenes hace una hora.
b. la noticia de última hora
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
A flash just came in that the firemen were finally able to extinguish the wildfire.Acaba de llegar una noticia de última hora que los bomberos finalmente pudieron extinguir los incendios forestales.
6. (mark)
a. la mancha
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
One of my horses got lost. It has a small flash on its forehead.Uno de mis caballos se ha perdido. Tiene una pequeña mancha en la frente.
7. (military) (United Kingdom)
a. el distintivo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The Queen decorated the captain with a special flash.La reina condecoró al capitán con un distintivo especial.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
8. (sudden)
a. repentino
The heavy rain caused flash floods that knocked out bridges all over the county.La fuerte lluvia provocó inundaciones repentinas que derrumbaron puentes en todo el condado.
9.
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
(showy) (United Kingdom)
a. ostentoso
My best friend's fiancée wore a flash ring.La prometida de mi mejor amigo llevaba un ostentoso anillo.
b. llamativo
Bella is always dressing in flash clothes.Bella siempre viste con ropa llamativa.
c. fardón
A word or phrase that is commonly used in conversational speech (e.g. skinny, grandma).
(colloquial)
Regionalism used in Spain
(Spain)
He made it clear that he's flash when he drove up in his fancy car.Dejó claro que era fardón cuando apareció con su coche de lujo.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
10. (to shine a light)
a. enfocar
Peggy flashed a light under the couch trying to find her hamster.Peggy enfocó una luz debajo del sofá tratando de encontrar su hámster.
11. (to look)
a. lanzar
The kid dared to flash a glance at his dad's banking password.El niño se atrevió a lanzar una mirada a la clave bancaria de su papá.
12. (to communicate quickly)
a. transmitir rápidamente
The rumors of their relationship flashed all around the high school.Los rumores de su relación se transmitieron rápidamente por todo el instituto.
13. (to show)
a. mostrar
The airport screens flashed messages with flight cancellations.Las pantallas del aeropuerto mostraron mensajes de cancelación de vuelos.
b. exhibir
The officer flashed his badge so the security guard would let him through.El oficial de policía exhibió su placa para que el vigilante lo dejara pasar.
14. (to expose oneself)
a. exhibirse
There's a crazy man in the park flashing everyone!¡Hay un hombre loco en el parque exhibiéndose a todo el mundo!
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
15. (to shine)
a. destellar
He saw his enemy in the middle of the road, and his eyes started to flash in anger.Vio a su enemigo en mitad de la carretera, y sus ojos empezaron a destellar de ira.
b. brillar
The parrot's wings flashed in the morning sun.Las alas del loro brillaron bajo el sol de la mañana.
16. (automobile)
a. hacer una señal con los faros
Can you flash the oncoming car?¿Puedes hacerle una señal con los faros al auto que viene de frente?
17. (to move fast)
a. revivir
Dora claims that her life flashed before her eyes when she was about to die.Dora afirma que revivió toda su vida en unos instantes cuando estuvo a punto de morir.
b. aparecer brevemente
A warning flashed on the screen before the movie started.Una advertencia apareció brevemente en la pantalla antes de empezar la película.
c. pasar como un rayo (vehicle or person)
The security camera caught a sports car flash by.La cámara de seguridad grabó un auto deportivo pasar como un rayo.
d. pasar volando (time)
Time flashes by! It seems like it was only yesterday that I was ten years old.¡El tiempo vuela! Parece que fue ayer cuando tenía diez años.
18. (to expose oneself)
a. exhibirse
The man who was flashing in the park was finally arrested and fined.El hombre que se exhibía en el parque finalmente fue arrestado y multado.
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lightning(
layt
-
nihng
)
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
1. (weather)
a. el relámpago
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
Lightning lit up the sky during the the storm.Los relámpagos iluminaron el cielo durante la tormenta.
b. el rayo
(m) means that a noun is masculine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
The lightning split the tree in two.El rayo partió el árbol en dos.
An adjective is a word that describes a noun (e.g. the big dog).
2.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(quick)
a. relámpago
She was injured during a lightning attack in London.Fue lastimada durante un ataque relámpago en Londres.
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