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


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

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