flare

1 of 2

noun

1
: 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
a
: 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)
3
a
: a sudden outburst (as of excitement or anger)
a flare of tempers in the courtroom
b
: flare-up sense 3
a flare of disease
4
a
: 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)
6
a
: 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

2 of 2

verb

flared; flaring

intransitive verb

1
a
: to burn with an unsteady flame
b
: to stream in the wind
2
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Case in point: This sleek pair with a subtle flare and four-way stretch for seamless movement through your Sun Salutation sequences. Gaby Keiderling, Vogue, 3 July 2024 The storm came as the sun enters its most active period in 20 years, producing more eruptions and flares on its surface. Kasha Patel, Washington Post, 25 June 2024
Verb
The men pressed Ross and his team as tensions began to flare. Marc Griffin, VIBE.com, 2 July 2024 But, as groups tussled for a slice of the pie, local tensions flared, writes historian Eiichiro Azuma. H.m.a. Leow, JSTOR Daily, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for flare 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun and Verb

origin unknown

First Known Use

Noun

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

1616, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of flare was in 1580

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Cite this Entry

“Flare.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flare. Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flare

1 of 2 noun
ˈfla(ə)r How to pronounce flare (audio)
ˈfle(ə)r
1
: a fire or blaze of light used to signal, light up something, or attract attention
also : a device or material that produces such a flare
2
: an unsteady glaring light
3
4
: a spreading outward
also : a place or part that spreads
5
plural : bell-bottom trousers

flare

2 of 2 verb
flared; flaring
1
: to burn with an unsteady flame
2
a
: to shine or blaze suddenly
b
: to become suddenly excited or angry
flare up
3
: to open or spread outward
pants that flare at the bottom

Medical Definition

flare

1 of 2 intransitive verb
flared; flaring
: to break out or intensify rapidly : become suddenly worse or more painful
often used with up
your gallstones flare upW. A. Nolen

flare

2 of 2 noun
1
: flare-up
Without effective urate lowering, many such patients progress to severe chronic gout characterized by frequent arthritic flaresJohn S. Sundy et al., The Journal of the American Medical Association
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

called also aqueous flare

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