flare




A flare is a sudden burst of light. The flare of a lit match in the dark night is strangely beautiful.

The flare of a flame in the dark is sudden and bright, and the flare of an idea or emotion is similarly intense. Parts of clothing that grow wider, like the “bells” on your bell-bottoms — and are also called flares. The verb flare also means to burn brightly or suddenly erupt, like a skin rash that flares up in hot weather or your friend’s temper that flares when people tease her about her favorite team losing the big game.

Definitions of flare
  1. noun

    a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate

    synonyms:
    flash
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    types:

    star shell

    an artillery shell containing an illuminant
    Bengal light

    a steady bright blue light; formerly used as a signal but now a firework
    Very light, Very-light

    a colored flare fired from a Very pistol
    type of:

    visual signal

    a signal that involves visual communication

  2. noun

    a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification

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    types:

    fusee, fuzee

    a colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains
    type of:

    device

    an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose

  3. noun

    a sudden burst of flame

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    type of:

    fire, flame, flaming

    the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke

  4. noun

    a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun’s surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference

    synonyms:
    solar flare
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    type of:

    solar radiation

    radiation from the sun

  5. noun

    a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms

    “a colitis
    flare
    “infection can cause a lupus
    flare
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    type of:

    attack

    a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition

  6. noun

    a sudden outburst of emotion

    “she felt a
    flare of delight”
    “she could not control her
    flare of rage”
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    type of:

    blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst

    an unrestrained expression of emotion

  7. verb

    burn brightly

    “Every star seemed to
    flare with new intensity”
    synonyms:
    blaze up, burn up, flame up
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    type of:

    burn, combust

    undergo combustion

  8. verb

    shine with a sudden light

    “The night sky
    flared with the massive bombardment”
    synonyms:
    flame
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    type of:

    beam, shine

    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

  9. verb

    erupt or intensify suddenly

    “Tempers
    flared at the meeting”
    synonyms:
    break open, burst out, erupt, flare up, irrupt
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    type of:

    deepen, intensify

    become more intense

  10. noun

    a shape that spreads outward

    “the skirt had a wide
    flare
    synonyms:
    flair
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    type of:

    form, shape

    the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance

  11. noun

    reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation

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    type of:

    erythroderma

    any skin disorder involving abnormal redness

  12. verb

    become flared and widen, usually at one end

    “The bellbottom pants
    flare out”
    synonyms:
    flare out
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    type of:

    widen

    become broader or wider or more extensive

  13. noun

    am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)

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    type of:

    reflection, reflexion

    the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface

  14. noun

    (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield

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    type of:

    fly, fly ball

    (baseball) a hit that flies up in the air

  15. noun

    a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines

    “he threw a
    flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss”
    synonyms:
    flare pass
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    type of:

    aerial, forward pass

    a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer

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