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Flash

Value of a security displayed, or flashed across the tape, when the tape display cannot keep up with volume on an exchange and lags the current price by more than approximately five minutes.

Flash

When the tape is late by more than five minutes, the current price of a security that periodically displays, or "flashes," on the ticker. This interrupts the delayed prices and keeps investors abreast of where the current price is even if they do not know how it arrived there. The flash price displays every five or 10 minutes.
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Looking up, I saw him flashing desperately in mid-air, a lovely foot of writhing silver.
So said, he o're his Scepter bowing, rose From the right hand of Glorie where he sate, And the third sacred Morn began to shine Dawning through Heav'n: forth rush'd with whirlwind sound The Chariot of Paternal Deitie, Flashing thick flames, Wheele within Wheele undrawn, It self instinct with Spirit, but convoyd By four Cherubic shapes, four Faces each Had wondrous, as with Starrs thir bodies all And Wings were set with Eyes, with Eyes the Wheels Of Beril, and careering Fires between; Over thir heads a chrystal Firmament, Whereon a Saphir Throne, inlaid with pure Amber, and colours of the showrie Arch.
He roared aloud, and his hanger went up above his head, flashing in the sunlight.
He drove off by himself, as had been arranged, and watched the flashing lights of the little brougham in front of him.