American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To flame up with a bright, wavering light.
- v. To burst into intense, sudden flame.
- v. To erupt or intensify suddenly: Tempers flared at the meeting. His allergies flared up.
- v. To become suddenly angry. Used with up: He flared up when she alluded to his financial difficulties.
- v. To make a sudden angry verbal attack. Used with out: flared out at his accusers.
- v. To expand or open outward in shape: a skirt that flares from the waist; nostrils that flared with anger.
- v. To cause to flame up.
- v. To signal with a blaze of light.
- n. A brief wavering blaze of light.
- n. A device that produces a bright light for signaling, illumination, or identification.
- n. An outbreak, as of emotion or activity.
- n. An expanding or opening outward.
- n. An unwanted reflection within an optical system or the resultant fogging of the image.
- n. A solar flare.
- n. Football A short pass to a back running toward the sideline.
- n. Baseball A fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield.
- n. Medicine An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shine out with sudden and unsteady light, luster, or splendor; give out a dazzling light.
- To waver; flutter; burn with an unsteady light, as flame in a current of air; hence, to flutter, as such flame does; flutter with gaudy show.
- To open or spread outward, like the mouth of a trumpet.
- To incline outward from a perpendicular, as a ship's sides or bows, or any similar formation: opposed to tumble home.
- To cause to burn with a flaring flame; hence, to display glaringly; exhibit in an ostentatious manner.
- n. A glaring, unsteady, wavering light; a glare: as, the flare of an expiring candle.
- n. A spreading outward; a terminal or a continuous broadening, as of a trumpet or a lily, the side of a vessel of any kind, etc.
- n. In photography, same as ghost, 8.
- n. Ostentation.
- n. Synonyms Glare, etc. See flame, n.
- n. A brightly burning light used to attract attention in an emergency, or to illuminate an area.
- n. A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width, e.g. on the lower legs of trousers and jeans.
- n. aviation The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
- n. baseball A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders
- n. military An aircraft-released countermeasure to counter an infrared-homing missile.
- v. intransitive To blaze brightly.
- v. intransitive To burn unsteadily.
- v. intransitive, often with “up” or “out” To burst out suddenly, as in anger.
- v. transitive, intransitive To open outward in shape.
- v. transitive To cause to burn.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame.
- v. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
- v. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy.
- v. obsolete To be exposed to too much light.
- v. To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular
- n. An unsteady, broad, offensive light.
- n. A spreading outward.
- n. (Photog.) A defect in a photographic objective such that an image of the stop, or diaphragm, appears as a fogged spot in the center of the developed negative.
- n. Leaf of lard.
- n. a sudden outburst of emotion
- n. a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
- n. (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
- v. burn brightly
- v. become flared and widen, usually at one end
- n. a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms
- n. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
- n. am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
- n. a shape that spreads outward
- n. a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
- v. shine with a sudden light
- n. a sudden burst of flame
- n. reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
- v. erupt or intensify suddenly
- n. a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
- Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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