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blitzen

1.
to flash
(for actual lightning)
Value:
Opposite: donnern
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2.
to twinkle
(for polished things like silverware or the bathroom)
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3.
to photograph a speeder
(The machine doing this is called "Blitzer". Very common in traffic news.)
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Word Family

The core idea of this root was:

shining, flashing, burning

The family is quite divers, but with a bit of mind yoga, the original sense is still visible in most of the offspring.

Here’s a little (incomplete) overview:

  • bleach (“make bright”)
  • blank (“bright, untarnished”)
  • bleak (“pale”)
  • blond (“pale, shining”)
  • blind (result of something shining)
  • blue (originally, it was just about a “shining” color)
  • flame (“the shining one”)
  • blaze (“flashing”)
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