solar flare


: a sudden temporary outburst of energy from a small area of the sun's surface

called also flare

Examples of solar flare in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Sunspots can fling material outward in different ways: solar flares and coronal mass ejections (CMEs). Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 6 June 2024 Strong solar flares the sun has been emitting since Wednesday morning were responsible for the northern lights being visible across a wide swath of North America and Europe. Jj Hensley, The Courier-Journal, 11 May 2024 Boise residents will have a rare chance to catch a glimpse of the northern lights on Friday night and early Saturday morning thanks to rare solar flares disrupting the Earth’s geomagnetic field. Nicole Blanchard, Idaho Statesman, 10 May 2024 Its magnetic field plays a role in events like solar flares, explosions that shoot energy, light and high-speed particles into space, as well as coronal mass ejections, solar magnetic storms that expel gas and magnetic fields. Will Sullivan, Smithsonian Magazine, 24 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for solar flare 

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Word History

First Known Use

1938, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of solar flare was in 1938

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“Solar flare.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Jun. 2024.

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solar flare

: a sudden temporary outburst of energy from a small area of the sun's surface

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