from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A sudden outbreak of flame or light.
  • noun An outburst or eruption.
  • noun A recurrence, especially of a disease or condition.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Nautical, a distinguishing light exhibited as a signal by a pilot vessel, or a signal flare to a vessel which is overtaking another vessel, used as a warning to the ship coming up from astern.
  • noun A sudden flashing or flaring of flame or light.
  • noun A sudden quarrel or angry argument.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun colloq. A sudden burst of anger or passion; an angry dispute.
  • noun A sudden bursting into flame; a flaring.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A sudden outbreak, outburst or eruption (originally of flame, but now used more generally of any violent activity)
  • noun A sudden intensification in activity

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

  • verb ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down
  • verb erupt or intensify suddenly
  • noun a sudden intense happening


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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