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Princeton's WordNet

  1. glare, blaze, brilliancenoun

    a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted

    "a glare of sunlight"

  2. glare, glowernoun

    an angry stare

  3. limelight, spotlight, glare, public eyeverb

    a focus of public attention

    "he enjoyed being in the limelight"; "when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency"

  4. glower, glareverb

    look at with a fixed gaze

    "The girl glared at the man who tried to make a pass at her"

  5. glareverb

    be sharply reflected

    "The moon glared back at itself from the lake's surface"

  6. glareverb

    shine intensely

    "The sun glared down on us"


  1. glarenoun

    An intense, blinding light.

  2. glarenoun

    Showy brilliance; gaudiness.

  3. glarenoun

    An angry or fierce stare.

  4. glarenoun

    A call collision; when an incoming call occurs at the same time of an outgoing call.

  5. glareverb

    To stare angrily.

    He walked in late, with the teacher glaring at him the whole time.

  6. glareverb

    To shine brightly.

    The sun glared down on the desert sand.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Glarenoun

    Etymology: from the verb.

    The frame of burnish’d steel that cast a glare
    From far, and seem’d to thaw the freezing air. John Dryden, Fab.

    I have grieved to see a person of quality gliding by me in her chair at two o’clock in the morning, and looking like a spectre amidst a glare of flambeaux. Joseph Addison, Guardian.

    Here in a grotto, shelter’d close from air,
    And screen’d in shades from day’s detested glare,
    She sighs for ever. Alexander Pope, Rape of the Lock.

    About them round,
    A lion now he stalks with fiery glare. John Milton, Parad. Lost.

  2. To Glareverb

    To shoot such splendour as the eye cannot bear.

    One spirit in them rul’d, and every eye
    Glar’d lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire
    Among th’ accurst, that wither’d all their strength. John Milton.

  3. To GLAREverb

    Etymology: glaeren, Dutch.

    After great light, if you come suddenly into the dark, or, contrariwise, out of the dark into a glaring light, the eye is dazzled for a time, and the sight confused. Francis Bacon, Nat. Hist.

    His glaring eyes with anger’s venom swell,
    And like the brand of foul Alecto flame. Edward Fairfax, b. ii.

    He is every where above conceits of epigrammatick wit, and gross hyperboles: he maintains majesty in the midst of plainness; he shines, but glares not; and is stately without ambition. Dryden.

    The court of Cacus stands reveal’d to sight;
    The cavern glares with new admitted light. John Dryden, Æn.

    Alas, thy dazzled eye
    Beholds this man in a false glaring light,
    Which conquest and success have thrown upon him. Addis.

    Avaunt, and quit my sight! let the earth hide thee!
    Thou hast no speculation in those eyes,
    Which thou do’st glare with. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    Look, how pale he glares!
    His form and cause conjoin’d, preaching to stones,
    Would make them capable. William Shakespeare, Hamlet.

    Now friends no more, nor walking hand in hand;
    But when they met they made a surly stand,
    And glar’d, like angry lions, as they pass’d,
    And wish’d that ev’ry look might be their last. John Dryden, Fables.

    The most glaring and notorious passages are none of the finest, or most correct. Henry Felton, on the Classicks.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Glareverb

    to shine with a bright, dazzling light

  2. Glareverb

    to look with fierce, piercing eyes; to stare earnestly, angrily, or fiercely

  3. Glareverb

    to be bright and intense, as certain colors; to be ostentatiously splendid or gay

  4. Glareverb

    to shoot out, or emit, as a dazzling light

  5. Glarenoun

    a bright, dazzling light; splendor that dazzles the eyes; a confusing and bewildering light

  6. Glarenoun

    a fierce, piercing look or stare

  7. Glarenoun

    a viscous, transparent substance. See Glair

  8. Glarenoun

    a smooth, bright, glassy surface; as, a glare of ice

  9. Glarenoun

    smooth and bright or translucent; -- used almost exclusively of ice; as, skating on glare ice

  10. Etymology: [See Glary, and Glare, n.]


  1. GLARE

    GLARE is a "Glass Laminate Aluminium Reinforced Epoxy" FML, composed of several very thin layers of metal interspersed with layers of glass-fibre "pre-preg", bonded together with a matrix such as epoxy. The uni-directional pre-preg layers may be aligned in different directions to suit the predicted stress conditions. Although GLARE is a composite material, its material properties and fabrication are very similar to bulk aluminum metal sheets. It has far less in common with composite structures when it comes to design, manufacture, inspection or maintenance. GLARE parts are constructed and repaired using mostly conventional metal material techniques. Its major advantages over conventional aluminium are: ⁕Better "damage tolerance" behaviour ⁕Better corrosion resistance ⁕Better fire resistance ⁕Lower specific weight Furthermore, it is possible to "tailor" the material during design and manufacture such that the number, type and alignment of layers can suit the local stresses and shapes throughout the aircraft. This allows the production of double-curved sections, complex integrated panels or very large sheets, for example.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Glare

    glār, n. a clear, dazzling light: overpowering lustre: a piercing look.—v.i. to shine with a clear, dazzling light: to be ostentatiously splendid: to look with piercing eyes.—adj. Glar′ing, bright and dazzling: barefaced: notorious.—adv. Glar′ingly.—n. Glar′ingness. [Perh. from A.S. glær, a pellucid substance, amber.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Glare

    Relatively bright light, or the dazzling sensation of relatively bright light, which produces unpleasantness or discomfort, or which interferes with optimal VISION, OCULAR. (Cline et al., Dictionary of Visual Science, 4th ed)

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  1. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'glare' in Verbs Frequency: #1070

Anagrams for glare »

  1. large

  2. lager

  3. Alger

  4. regal

  5. Elgar

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of glare in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of glare in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of glare in a Sentence

  1. James Thurber:

    There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures.

  2. Anuj Somany:

    The sensibility of a celebrity is keep own child away from media glare and all sort of own public activity.

  3. Anuj Somany:

    The charity is done only in the condition of anonymity, but if being done in public or media glare then someone is seeking, directly or indirectly, publicity.

  4. Anuj Somany:

    Anything donated anonymously for the welfare of the real needy is a CHARITY; Anyone, be s/he any celebrity, doing it pompously or in a media glare publicly is just seeking PUBLICITY.

  5. Thomas Ullmann:

    Jurors are looking the entire time, some glare and stare at the defendant the entire trial.

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    flee; take to one's heels; cut and run
    • A. abase
    • B. abash
    • C. scarper
    • D. elaborate

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