Definición de flare en inglés:


Saltos de línea: flare
Pronunciación: /flɛː


  • 1A sudden brief burst of bright flame or light: the flare of the match lit up his face
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    • He was abruptly cut off as a brief flare of red light flickered around Lexa.
    • There was a brief flare of white light, and the Goddess vanished, leaving only a smattering of loose tinsel behind.
    • Keigen tried to find his friend in the dark, until a flare of light burst into flame beside him.
  • 1.1A device producing a very bright flame, used especially as a signal or marker: a distress flare [as modifier]: a flare gun
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    • Without these mittens, I would not have been able to even open the zipper on my survival vest, let alone try to work a flare or other signaling device.
    • If I had flares or some other signaling device, I might have been able to get help and medical attention to him sooner, without having to do something risky like blocking traffic.
    • It's not a bad idea to include signaling devices such as mirrors, flares, etc., whether you are in a remote location or not!
    distress signal, rocket, Very light, beacon, light, flashlight, signal
  • 1.2 [in singular] A sudden burst of intense emotion: she felt a flare of anger within her
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    • His eyes widened a moment, a flare of sudden overwhelming emotion to which he could only stutter.
    • He spoke, in a very businesslike tone, the sudden flare of anger gone from his voice and attitude.
    • She felt a flare of emotion in her chest, but forced that down too - distraction was not needed.
    burst, rush, attack, eruption, explosion, bout, spasm
    rare access
  • 1.3A sudden recurrence of an inflammation or other medical condition: corticosteroid treatment for colitis flares
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    • Other complications include acne flares and dermatitis - inflammation of the skin.
    • Second, they don't address the cause of many flares: the hidden inflammation smoldering in a child's airways.
    • Almost all lupus patients take medication to control inflammation and reduce the risk of flares (periods when the disease gets worse).
  • 1.4 Astronomy A sudden explosion in the chromosphere and corona of the sun or another star, resulting in an intense burst of radiation. See also solar flare.
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    • Scientists are still figuring out the role of sunspots in space weather, but they do know that when a flare erupts, sunspots are often nearby.
    • Four minutes after the onset of the big flare, the Harvard Radio Astronomy Station at Fort Davis, Texas, began hearing radio noise from the Sun.
    • Note the white bands buried amid the black and gray sunspots, depicting the twin bands of the flare as it burst into view around the sunspots.
  • 1.5 [mass noun] Photography Extraneous illumination on film caused by internal reflection in the camera.
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    • It is however very prone to lens flare - the lens hood basically can be no larger than a hood for a 150 mm lens.
    • I don't think we're seeing the effects of flare on the camera, though - it doesn't look like an optical effect.
    • Prime lenses are less susceptible to lens flare and also have a closer minimum focusing distance than do zooms.
  • 2A gradual widening in shape, especially towards the hem of a garment.
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    • It is loose cut through the leg, with a slight flare to add shape.
    • I could actually feel the volume of the bass, and it seemed to me the flares of my trousers were flapping with every beat.
    • No trousers with flares here; instead the cut was close fitting.
  • 2.1 (flares) Trousers whose legs get progressively wider from the knees down.
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    • Fashions of the time were tank tops, tonic suits and trousers, flares, and long hair all round.
    • Cobain, a modern dandy in purple flares and kipper tie, is effervescently enthusiastic about all things mind - expanding.
    • Who knows… but if flares, kipper ties and tank tops can make a comeback then I guess anything's possible.
  • 2.2 [mass noun] An upward and outward curve of a ship’s bows, designed to throw the water outwards when in motion.


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  • 2 (often as adjective flared) Gradually become wider at one end: a flared skirt the dress flared out into a huge train
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    • It flared out gradually from the hips and there was a slit on two sides.
    • The waist was small and tapered into a V, and the skirt flared out slightly, with filmy layers overlying the dress.
    • Do not give us shirt or raglan sleeves, or ‘shirtwaister’ styles with blousy tops, or flared or pleated skirts in boring patterns.
  • 2.1(Of a person’s nostrils) dilate: his head lifted fractionally, his nostrils flaring
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    • It was Sylvie's nose, straight and long, narrowing in the middle just a little before the nostrils flared.
    • Chino's nostrils flared, her ears pricked and her step got springy.
    • Judging from the way his nostrils flared, I wouldn't be able to change whatever set route he was on.
    spread, broaden, widen, get wider, expand, splay; dilate
  • 2.2 [with object] (Of a person) cause (the nostrils) to dilate.
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    • And then she threw back her head, flared her nostrils and stared at me.
    • Bryony flared her nostrils, catching the scent of cooked meat.
    • He flared his nostrils as he tried to distinguish the smell.


mid 16th century (in the sense 'spread out one's hair'): of unknown origin. Current senses date from the 17th century.

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