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Definition: A scriptable animation framework developed by Macromedia and widely used to implement Web-based animations. The Flash development environment enables Web developers to create eye-catching animations quickly; the scripting capabilities enable programmers to build interactivity and special effects into Flash animations. (EDIT: Macromedia has been acquired by Adobe) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macromedia)
Source: Pfaffenberger, Bryan. Webster's new world computer dictionary. London: Wiley, 2003. Print.