American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To stare fixedly and angrily. See Synonyms at gaze.
- v. To shine intensely and blindingly: A hot sun glared down on the desert.
- v. To be conspicuous; stand out obtrusively: The headline glared from the page.
- v. To express by staring angrily: He glared his disapproval.
- n. A fierce or angry stare.
- n. An intense, blinding light.
- n. Garish or showy brilliance; gaudiness.
- n. A sheet or surface of glassy and very slippery ice.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To shine with a strong, bright, dazzling light; be intensely or excessively bright.
- To look with a fierce and piercing stare.
- To be intensely or excessively bright in color; be too brilliantly ornamented; be ostentatiously splendid.
- Synonyms Glare, Glisten, Scintillate, Glister, Glitter, Gleam, Sparkle, Coruscate, Glimmer, Flicker. Glare indicates a steady, dazzling, or painful excess of light; glisten is a popular word, while scintillate is the exact or formal word, for a light that is unequal or is slightly interrupted: as, glistening eyes, dew, stars; scintillating stars. Scintillate is also used for the throwing off of sparkles: as, the scintillating iron at the forge. Glisten represents a softer, and glitter a harder, light than glister, glitter implying a cold, metallic ray: as, glittering bayonets: “all is not gold that glitters.” Gleam stands for a small but generally steady and pleasant light, a long ray: as, the light gleamed through the keyhole; hope gleamed upon him. Sparkle represents a hard light that seems to be emitted irregularly in ignited particles or visible parts: as, sparkling diamonds, eyes, wit. Coruscate expresses a rapid throwing off of vivid or brilliant flashes of light, as in the aurora borealis or by a revolving piece of fireworks. Glimmer represents a faint and unsteady light: as, stars glimmering through the mist. Flicker goes further, and suggests, as glimmer does not, a probable extinction of the light: as, a flickering taper. See flame, n., and radiance.
- To shoot out or emit, as a dazzling light.
- n. A strong, bright, dazzling light; clear, brilliant luster or splendor that dazzles the eyes; especially, a confusing and bewildering light.
- n. A fierce, piercing look.
- n. A stretch of ice; an icy condition.
- n. Synonyms Flare, etc. See flame, n.
- Smooth; slippery; transparent; glassy.
- Another spelling of glair.
- n. uncountable An intense, blinding light.
- n. Showy brilliance; gaudiness.
- n. An angry or fierce stare.
- n. telephony A call collision; when an incoming call occurs at the same time of an outgoing call.
- v. intransitive To stare angrily.
- v. intransitive To shine brightly.
- adj. US smooth and bright or translucent; glary
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To shine with a bright, dazzling light.
- v. To look with fierce, piercing eyes; to stare earnestly, angrily, or fiercely.
- v. To be bright and intense, as certain colors; to be ostentatiously splendid or gay.
- v. To shoot out, or emit, as a dazzling light.
- n. A bright, dazzling light; splendor that dazzles the eyes; a confusing and bewildering light.
- n. A fierce, piercing look or stare.
- n. A viscous, transparent substance. See Glair.
- n. U. S. A smooth, bright, glassy surface.
- adj. United States Smooth and bright or translucent; -- used almost exclusively of ice.
- n. a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted
- v. be sharply reflected
- n. an angry stare
- n. a focus of public attention
- v. look at with a fixed gaze
- v. shine intensely
- Middle English glaren, to glitter; akin to Middle Low German glaren, to glisten; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.Probably from glare1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The only thing creepier than his expressionless glare is his smile.”
“The likelihood of getting glare is directly tied to the sharpness of the reflection.”
“Big bold letters glare from the front page bottom of the right-wing newspaper:”
“The web's ability to dredge duplicitous schemes from the corporate-governmental shadows into the noonday glare is a great advance, one with implications that reach far beyond food policy.”
“Walking, at 3 a.m., windows dark with sleep except for the uncertain glare of insomnia.”
“On TV, yes, a hundred times, from a dozen locations — but on TV it looked like nothing but the cheapest of special effects (the satellite views all the more so; in glare-filtered shots, the “mouth” could be seen closing precisely behind the sun, an implausible symmetry, smacking of human contrivance).”
“The real challenge will be a few years from now, when the media and legal glare is gone and old habits of pushing profits ahead of safety resurface.”
“The glare from the black eyes prevented him from repeating the suggestion.”
“If you are making threats --" Charles Davis began, but was silenced by a glare from the gangster.”
“Like foul fiends, there in the red glare from the skies, with faces blazing, they continued to curse us and fire at us.”
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