- The definition of a flare is a sudden and brief outburst of light or emotion.
An example of a flare is a light shot up into the air as a signal that someone is in distress.
- Flare is defined as to blaze into a sudden light, burst into anger to curve outward.
- An example of flare is for a firework to suddenly light up the sky.
- An example of flare is for a dress to widen dramatically at the bottom.
The flare of fireworks.
intransitive verbflared, flaring
- to blaze up with a sudden, bright light
- to burn unsteadily, as a flame whipped about by the wind
- to burst out suddenly in anger, violence, etc.: often with up or out
- to curve or spread outward, as the bell of a trumpet
Origin of flareMiddle English fleare ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- to make flare
- to signal with a flare
- a bright, unsteady blaze of light lasting only a little while; outburst of flame
- a very bright light used as a distress signal, to light up a landing field, etc.
- a substance burned to make such a light
- a sudden, brief outburst, as of emotion or sound
- a curving or spreading outward, as of a skirt
- a part that curves or spreads outward
- a short-lived, spotlike outburst of increased brightness on the sun, seen esp. near sunspots and often accompanied by X-rays, gamma rays, etc.
- a sudden, temporary increase in the brightness of any star
- Photog. a foggy spot on film, caused by a reflection of light from the lens
verbflared flared, flar·ing, flares
- To flame up with a bright, wavering light.
- To burst into intense, sudden flame.
- a. To erupt or intensify suddenly: Tempers flared at the meeting. His allergies flared up.b. To become suddenly angry. Used with up: He flared up when she alluded to his financial difficulties.c. To make a sudden angry verbal attack. Used with out: flared out at his accusers.
- To expand or open outward in shape: a skirt that flares from the waist; nostrils that flared with anger.
- To cause to flame up.
- To signal with a blaze of light.
- A brief wavering blaze of light.
- A device that produces a bright light for signaling, illumination, or identification.
- An outbreak, as of emotion or activity.
- An expanding or opening outward.
- An unwanted reflection within an optical system or the resultant fogging of the image.
- A solar flare.
- a. Football A short pass to a back running toward the sideline.b. Baseball A fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield.
- Medicine An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.
Origin of flareOrigin unknown.
- A source of brightly burning light or intense heat used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy.
- The flares steered the traffic away from the accident.
- A spent flare had punctured the tire.
- The flares attracted the heat-seeking missiles.
- A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width.
- That's a genuine early '70's flare on those pants.
- (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
- The captain executed the flare perfectly, and we lightly touched down.
- (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders
- Jones hits a little flare to left that falls for a single.
- A type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion. A colored flare used as a warning on the railroad, a fusee.
(third-person singular simple present flares, present participle flaring, simple past and past participle flared)
- (intransitive) To blaze brightly.
- The blast furnace flared in the night.
- (intransitive) To burn unsteadily.
- The candle flared in a sudden draught.
- (intransitive) To open outward in shape.
- The cat flared its nostrils while sniffing at the air.
- The cat's nostrils flared when it sniffed at the air.
- The building flared from the third through the seventh floors to occupy the airspace over the entrance plaza.
- The sides of a bowl flare.
- To cause to burn.
- To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
- To shine out with gaudy colours; to be offensively bright or showy.