Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To flame up with a bright, wavering light.
  • intransitive v. To burst into intense, sudden flame.
  • intransitive v. To erupt or intensify suddenly: Tempers flared at the meeting. His allergies flared up.
  • intransitive v. To become suddenly angry. Used with up: He flared up when she alluded to his financial difficulties.
  • intransitive v. To make a sudden angry verbal attack. Used with out: flared out at his accusers.
  • intransitive v. To expand or open outward in shape: a skirt that flares from the waist; nostrils that flared with anger.
  • transitive v. To cause to flame up.
  • transitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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. The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
  • n. A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders
  • n. An aircraft-released countermeasure to counter an infrared-homing missile.
  • v. To blaze brightly.
  • v. To burn unsteadily.
  • v. To burst out suddenly, as in anger.
  • v. To open outward in shape.
  • v. To cause to burn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An unsteady, broad, offensive light.
  • n. A spreading outward.
  • n. 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.
  • intransitive v. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame.
  • intransitive v. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
  • intransitive v. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy.
  • intransitive v. To be exposed to too much light.
  • intransitive v. To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular

from The 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.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Just then, a bright flash of light from some kind of flare is fired by Huang.

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  • Although I applaud John Arquilla's concerns, I would also suggest that the warning "flare" is not too late.

    Letters to the Editor

  • Mature migrating ducks and geese are VERY smart and will flare from a black shotgun if it where they can see it.

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  • At least one of the two of them is capable of startlingly evocative language: Brian Jones's contributions to "Let It Bleed" were the "last flare from the shipwreck."

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  • There's also the added community backlash which can be seen indirectly in flare ups like the Fox News-Mass Effect fiasco et.al. We can also see echoes of Rockstar's decision to leave the content in in some of the more embarassing and alienating aspects of recent marketing schemes.

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  • October 1999: another solar flare is once again lighting up the night skies of New York.

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  • This time, a magical flare is wreaking havoc on the city, and Kate has to protect Julie, a 12-year-old girl who may be at the center of a war between Celtic deities.

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  • If flare is a desired goal, work it properly to ensure its effect is appropriate and deliberate.

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  • The flare from the its consumption rose up from the surface of the star in a glorious swirl of colour that far transcended the range of visible light, and was swept on solar winds to be shared throughout the system, the planets circling their sun, and the other ships, drifting in silence. “And perhaps those creatures developing there have the ability to see some of these flares our bodies create.

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