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

  • n. A sudden outbreak of flame or light: a flare-up of the embers.
  • n. An outburst or eruption: a flare-up of anger.
  • n. A recurrence or an intensification: a flare-up of rheumatism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A sudden flashing or flaring of flame or light.
  • n. A sudden quarrel or angry argument.
  • n. 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.

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

  • n. a sudden intense happening
  • v. ignite quickly and suddenly, especially after having died down
  • v. erupt or intensify suddenly


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