flare

noun
\ ˈfler How to pronounce flare (audio) \

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

Thousands of opposition supporters from around the country showed up at Tirana’s main Martyrs of the Nation boulevard holding anti-government posters and slogans, throwing flares, firecrackers and other projectiles at police. Llazar Semini, The Seattle Times, "Albanian opposition clashes with police in anti-govt protest," 13 Apr. 2019 Or the mob of fans lighting flares inside a dingy gym. Ben Cohen, WSJ, "The Greek Mythology of the NBA’s Superstar," 2 Apr. 2019 The Love Story actress, who turns 80 today, set the tone for chic style in the 1970s: belted flares, miniskirts with white boots, and pretty printed blouses with a bohemian air. Vogue, "That Soft ’70s Style! Shop the Season’s Grooviest Trend," 1 Apr. 2019 To help avoid lens flare, use the hood that attaches to the front of the lens. Lloyd Fox, baltimoresun.com, "Finding the light," 26 Apr. 2018 Sure, microtrends such as cropped flares and '80s throwbacks pop up here and there, but the skinny jean has remained the dominant style for more than a decade, with no real threat to its denim dominance. Kim Bhasin, chicagotribune.com, "How blue jeans are mounting a comeback in a yoga pants world," 2 Apr. 2018 Santana, who became the fair's CEO last year, tried to increase attendance during the previous season by injecting the annual celebration with local Latino flare, such as booking home-grown bands and displaying art from Latino artists. Hugo Martin, latimes.com, "L.A. County Fair won't raise ticket prices and will offer food discounts to draw visitors," 15 Feb. 2018 Naturally occurring phenomena such as star spots and flares, seen often on our sun, change the brightness of stars on shorter timescales. Kimberly Cartier, Scientific American, "Have Aliens Built Huge Structures around Boyajian’s Star?," 1 May 2017 The fit n' flare (fitted through the waist, flared through the skirt) is one of the most flattering dress shapes out there. Redbook, "Audrey's Outfit of the Day: Fit n' Flare," 13 June 2011

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Haddish wore a Michael Kors flared-leg pantsuit along with a matching hat designed by Stephen Jones. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Tiffany Haddish Brought Emergency Chicken to the Met Gala in Her Purse," 6 May 2019 Lorenzo Cain led off the bottom of the first by flaring a ball to right, where Owings initially broke back before racing it. Nick Piecoro, azcentral, "Diamondbacks’ spiral continues in loss to Brewers," 21 May 2018 One dressed to the nines and barefoot, the other looking cool as a cucumber in flared jeans and sneakers. Amanda Sims, House Beautiful, "Jennifer Lopez and Joanna Gaines Take Their Friendship to the Next Level in New Instagram Posts," 28 Apr. 2019 First up for the cast was Paris, where Sophie, who portrays the iconic Jean Grey in the latest installment of the X-Men saga, went bold with a black skater-style flared mini dress from the fall/winter 2019 collection of French fashion house Mugler. Teen Vogue, "Sophie Turner Wears Mugler Little Black Dress During "X-Men" Press Tour in Paris," 27 Apr. 2019 This was Siriano's dream Hawaii vacation, in everything from elegant tropical prints in dresses and flared trousers with matching chunky heels to animal prints to a showstopper of an organza evening gown in chartreuse. Leanne Italie, Fox News, "Christian Siriano puts some politics on his Hawaii runway," 10 Sep. 2018 More ways to save money: Flare highlighter is the new flared jeans: Follow Allure on Instagram and Twitter, or subscribe to Allure's newsletter for daily beauty stories delivered right to your inbox. Allure, "The Best Sales This Week That Are Not Amazon Prime Day," 17 July 2018 Both sides had been warned by plate umpire Andy Fletcher the previous inning after Giants rookie starter Dereck Rodriguez beaned Lewis Brinson as tempers flared for a second straight game. Janie Mccauley, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Straily, Mattingly both ejected in Marlins' loss to Giants," 20 June 2018 The problem flared again at last year’s World Cup where team doctors’ new authority to remove players was ignored by Morocco winger Noureddine Amrabat. Graham Dunbar, The Seattle Times, "Soccer’s treatment of head injuries under new scrutiny," 25 Mar. 2019

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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 How to pronounce flare (audio) \
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 How to pronounce flare (audio) \
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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