flare

noun
\ ˈfler \

Definition of flare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a fire or blaze of light used especially to signal, illuminate, or attract attention also : a device or composition used to produce such a flare The airport set flares to guide the landing plane at night.
2 : an unsteady glaring light
b : solar flare also : a sudden increase and decrease in the brightness of a star often amounting to a difference of several magnitudes (see magnitude sense 3)
3a : a sudden outburst (as of excitement or anger) a flare of tempers in the courtroom
b : flare-up sense 3 a flare of disease
4a : a spreading outward also : a place or part that spreads
b : an area of skin flush a flare of reddened skin
5 : light resulting from reflection (as between lens surfaces) or an effect of this light (such as a fogged or dense area in a photographic negative)
6a : a short pass in football thrown to a back who is running toward the sideline
b : a weakly hit fly ball in baseball a flare into short right field
7 flares plural : pants that flare toward the bottom

flare

verb
flared; flaring

Definition of flare (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to burn with an unsteady flame
b : to stream in the wind
2a : to shine with a sudden light a match flares in the darkness
b(1) : to become suddenly excited or angry usually used with up
(2) : to break out or intensify usually suddenly or violently often used with up
c : to express strong emotion (such as anger)
3 : to open or spread outward the pants flare at the bottom

transitive verb

1 : to display conspicuously flaring her scarf to attract attention
2 : to cause to flare the breeze flares the candle
3 : to signal with a flare or by flaring
4 : to burn (a jet of waste gas) in the open air

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Synonyms for flare

Synonyms: Noun

burst, flare-up, flash, flicker, flurry, flutter, outbreak, outburst, spurt

Synonyms: Verb

beat, blaze, burn, flame, glare

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Examples of flare in a Sentence

Noun

the sudden flare of the match When the crew saw flares, they knew the other ship was in trouble.

Verb

pants that flare at the bottom The bull flared its nostrils.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The humble histologist had a flare for self-presentation, evident in his prose and in several photographic self-portraits on view. Cate Mcquaid, BostonGlobe.com, "A different sort of scan in ‘The Beautiful Brain’," 6 June 2018 On came another reliever, Paul Sewald, who surrendered a flare to right field by Domingo Santana that scored two more runs and put the Brewers ahead, 7-6. James Wagner, New York Times, "Mistakes and Injuries Continue to Haunt the Mets," 27 May 2018 One, a second-inning flare from his brother-in-law Brandon Crawford, was erased when Stassi threw him out stealing. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Bottom of lineup powers Astros' rout of Giants," 22 May 2018 Spring Bounty Cooking in Alpharetta invites guests to add a unique flare on classic chicken. Nicole D. Smith, ajc, "Things to do in and around Atlanta for Thursday, May 10," 11 May 2018 The goal is to get on as regular a pooping schedule as possible and decrease flares of any symptoms. Sophie Saint Thomas, SELF, "What to Know About Anal Sex if You Have a GI Issue," 28 Sep. 2018 Particularly during solar maximum, intense magnetic fields drive flares of energy as well as much larger explosive events associated with prominences known as coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Jay Bennett, Popular Mechanics, "The New Science of the Sun Will Be Astounding—And Possibly Terrifying," 9 Aug. 2018 And while the humid summer months typically warrant pesky breakouts, flare ups are possible—and prevalent—even when the wind chill dips. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The Pro's Guide To Making a Blemish Vanish...Fast," 28 Nov. 2018 There were some flare-ups like that, but my anxiety was constant. Seventeen, "13 Celebrities Talk About Their Struggle With Anxiety," 15 Nov. 2018

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That effort tentatively traced the neutrino to a flaring debris disk orbiting a supermassive black hole in the center of a galaxy more than a billion light-years away. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "Better Instruments Give Scientists a New Way to Study the Cosmos," 1 Jan. 2018 Stocks around the world have tumbled, too, amid flaring trade tensions between the U.S. and China and a slowdown in growth. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Stocks Fall Sharply as Nasdaq Closes Near Bear Market," 20 Dec. 2018 Anal-safe toys, including flared butt plugs, are important. Zoë Ligon, Allure, "9 Things You Need to Know Before You Have Anal," 5 Nov. 2018 Distinctive bodywork gave it a much wider track thanks to massively flared side extensions, a characteristic flat nose, and in the case of the 935/78 for the 1978 24 Hours of Le Mans, a massive whale tail at the rear. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "Porsche debuts new $800,000 racer inspired by the iconic 935 Le Mans car," 28 Sep. 2018 The crew cab truck features a two-inch front leveling kit, Fox Racing shocks, flared fenders, 20-inch off-road wheels and a unique hood. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "Petty's Garage Warrior Edition Ford F-150 being auctioned to help paralyzed veterans," 18 Sep. 2018 Tempers flare, resources become scarce, and being around people becomes more dangerous than being around the undead. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "The Walking Dead game’s new season finds a solution to zombie fatigue: kids," 13 Aug. 2018 The director Gil Junger moves the action from Padua, Italy, to a Seattle high school, where tempers and hormones flare, and a love square ensues among Patrick (Ledger), Kat (Julia Stiles), Cameron (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) and Bianca (Larisa Oleynik). Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "What’s on TV Friday: ‘Operation Thai Cave Rescue’ and Jim Jefferies," 13 July 2018 Small storms can morph quickly — Beryl flared up from a depression Thursday morning to a hurricane in less than 24 hours. Jenny Staletovich, miamiherald, "Beryl bound for Caribbean islands, possibly as a 90-mph hurricane," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of flare

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for flare

Noun and Verb

origin unknown

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flare

noun

English Language Learners Definition of flare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light that shines brightly and briefly

: a very bright light that is used to give a signal, to light up something, or to attract attention; also : a device that produces such a light

: a sudden expression of anger

flare

verb

English Language Learners Definition of flare (Entry 2 of 2)

: to shine or burn suddenly and briefly

: to become suddenly excited, angry, or active

: to open or spread outward

flare

verb
\ ˈfler \
flared; flaring

Kids Definition of flare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to burn with an unsteady flame … they watched the fire … flaring through the fog …— Charles Dickens, The Cricket on the Hearth
2 : to shine or burn suddenly or briefly A match flared in the darkness.
3 : to become angry or active She flared up at the remarks. His asthma has flared up.
4 : to spread outward Her nostrils flared.

flare

noun

Kids Definition of flare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a sudden blaze of light the flare of a match
2 : a blaze of light used to signal, light up something, or attract attention
3 : a device or material used to produce a flare The emergency kit included flares.
4 : a sudden outburst She displayed a flare of anger.
5 : a spreading outward : a part that spreads outward the flare of a skirt
\ ˈfla(ə)r, ˈfle(ə)r \
flared; flaring

Medical Definition of flare

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to break out or intensify rapidly : become suddenly worse or more painful often used with up your gallstones flare up— W. A. Nolen

flare

noun

Medical Definition of flare (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : flare-up Without effective urate lowering, many such patients progress to severe chronic gout characterized by frequent arthritic flares— John S. Sundy et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association, 17 Aug. 2011
2 : an area of skin flush resulting from and spreading out from a local center of vascular dilation and hyperemia urticarial flare
3 : a cloudy or smoky appearance of the fluid of the anterior chamber of the eye that is seen when a beam of light (as from a slit lamp) is passed through it and that is caused by the presence of floating protein material in the fluid which is a symptom of inflammation Flare means that we can actually see the beam of light from the slit lamp traveling through the aqueous humor. This is similar to being able to see the beam of light coming from a movie projector in a dusty room.— Jay B. Lavine, The Eye Care Sourcebook, 2001

called also aqueous flare

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