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flashes

Perception of sudden and transient bright spots of light in the absence of light stimuli. Flashes may occur as a result of rhegmatogenous retinal detachment, posterior vitreous detachment, proliferative diabetic retinopathy, papilloedema, retinal break or migraine. See photopsia.
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Faint, ruddy flashes of lightning flicker in the starlight upon her mastheads.
It was only the first note of the celestial prelude, for it was followed in quick succession by numerous flashes, whilst the crash and roll of thunder seemed continuous.
The lightning flashes came faster and faster and closer together; the thunder-roll was almost continuous, not stopping for a moment--a new crash beginning before the old one had ceased.
In this part of Africa, during the equatorial storms, it is not rare to count from thirty to thirty-five flashes of lightning per minute.
The flashes now came frequently, lighting up faces as if they were going to be photographed, surprising them in tense and unnatural expressions.
Oh, believe me, at times there were flashes of will that scorched through her beauty and seduction and smote a victim into blank and shivering idiocy and fear.
Strange flashes of vari-colored, rainbow light began to appear and disappear on the path before me.
But the flashes were more brilliant than the rainbow--purest blue, most delicate violet, brightest yellow, and all the intermediary shades, with the scintillant brilliancy of the diamond, dazzling, blinding, iridescent.
All I could see was the blotch of shadow and the rainbow flashes, the dust rising from the invisible feet, the earth tearing up from beneath the straining foot-grips, and the wire screen bulge once or twice as their bodies hurled against it.
It was echoed from Saleve, the Juras, and the Alps of Savoy; vivid flashes of lightning dazzled my eyes, illuminating the lake, making it appear like a vast sheet of fire; then for an instant every thing seemed of a pitchy darkness, until the eye recovered itself from the preceding flash.