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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flare, flair(noun)

    a shape that spreads outward

    "the skirt had a wide flare"

  2. flare(noun)

    a sudden burst of flame

  3. flare, flash(noun)

    a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate

  4. flare(noun)

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

  5. flare(noun)

    a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms

    "a colitis flare"; "infection can cause a lupus flare"

  6. solar flare, flare(noun)

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

  7. flare(noun)

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

  8. flare(noun)

    a sudden outburst of emotion

    "she felt a flare of delight"; "she could not control her flare of rage"

  9. flare(noun)

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

  10. flare pass, flare(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"

  11. flare(verb)

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

  12. flare, flame up, blaze up, burn up(verb)

    burn brightly

    "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"

  13. flare out, flare(verb)

    become flared and widen, usually at one end

    "The bellbottom pants flare out"

  14. flare, flame(verb)

    shine with a sudden light

    "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"

  15. erupt, irrupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst out(verb)

    erupt or intensify suddenly

    "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"


  1. flare(Noun)

    A brightly burning light used to attract attention in an emergency, or to illuminate an area.

    The flares steered the traffic away from the accident.

  2. flare(Noun)

    A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width, e.g. on the lower legs of trousers and jeans.

    That's a genuine early '70's flare on those pants.

  3. flare(Noun)

    The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.

    The captain executed the flare perfectly, and we lightly touched down.

  4. flare(Noun)

    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.

  5. flare(Noun)

    An aircraft-released countermeasure to counter an infrared-homing missile.

  6. flare(Verb)

    To blaze brightly.

    The blast furnace flared in the night.

  7. flare(Verb)

    To burn unsteadily.

  8. flare(Verb)

    To burst out suddenly, as in anger.

    The insult made him flare up.

  9. flare(Verb)

    To open outward in shape.

  10. flare(Verb)

    To cause to burn.

  11. Origin: Origin unknown.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flare(verb)

    to burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares

  2. Flare(verb)

    to shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light

  3. Flare(verb)

    to shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy

  4. Flare(verb)

    to be exposed to too much light

  5. Flare(verb)

    to open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare; the bows of a ship flare

  6. Flare(noun)

    an unsteady, broad, offensive light

  7. Flare(noun)

    a spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace

  8. Flare(noun)

    leaf of lard

  9. Origin: [Cf. Norw. flara to blaze, flame, adorn with tinsel, dial. Sw. flasa upp, and E. flash, or flacker.]


  1. Flare

    A flare, also sometimes called a fusee, is a type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion. Flares are used for signalling, illumination, or defensive countermeasures in civilian and military applications. Flares may be ground pyrotechnics, projectile pyrotechnics, or parachute-suspended to provide maximum illumination time over a large area. Projectile pyrotechnics may be dropped from aircraft, fired from rocket or artillery, or deployed by flare guns or handheld percussive tubes.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flare

    flār, v.i. to burn with a glaring, unsteady light: to glitter or flash: to display glaringly.—n. an unsteady light.—p.adj. Flā′ring, giving out an unsteady light: gaudy.—adv. Flā′ringly.—adj. Flā′ry. [Prob. Scand.; cf. Norw. flara, to blaze.]

Dictionary of Military and Associated Terms

  1. flare

    The change in the flight path of an aircraft so as to reduce the rate of descent for touchdown.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. flare

    In ship-building, is flanching outwards, as at the bows of American ships, to throw off the bow-seas; it is in opposition to tumbling home and wall-sided.

  2. flare

    A name for the skate, Raia batis.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flare in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of flare in a Sentence

  1. Homer:

    We are quick to flare up, we races of men on the earth.

  2. Steve Hill:

    It's still a fluid situation, there have been a number of flare-ups.

  3. Jason Tuvey:

    The latest developments certainly raised concern that tensions will continue to flare up.

  4. Arta Bakshandeh:

    Pregnancy can also cause lupus to flare and is often the first time a patient is diagnosed.

  5. Daniel Pipes:

    Most of the time, these are quiet places with nothing going on, but they’re apt to flare up.

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Translations for flare

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  • ярка светлина, сияние, лумвам, разкроявам, разкрояване, пламвамBulgarian
  • udfladningDanish
  • Fackel, Leuchtfackel, bengalisches Feuer, anzünden, BengaloGerman
  • loimuta, lepattaa, levittää, hätäsoihtu, loivennus, roihuta, levitä, sytyttää, soihtu, valoammus, levennysFinnish
  • fusée lumineuse, atterrissageFrench
  • चमकHindi
  • razzo, sfolgorare, brillare, scintillare, sfolgorareItalian
  • フレアJapanese
  • 플레어Korean
  • excandescuntLatin
  • vuurpijlDutch
  • szwedyPolish
  • sinalizadorPortuguese
  • клёш, фальшфе́йер, расширяться, вспы́шка, фа́йер, бенга́льский ого́нь, вспыхивать, вспыхнутьRussian
  • trapezSerbo-Croatian
  • lysraketSwedish
  • işaret ışığıTurkish
  • 閃光Chinese

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