Definition of flare in English:

flare

Syllabification: flare
Pronunciation: /fler
 
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noun

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.
Synonyms
blaze, flash, dazzle, burst, flicker
1.1A device producing a bright flame, used especially as a signal or marker: a helicopter spotted a flare set off by the crew [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!
Synonyms
distress signal, rocket, beacon, light, 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.
Synonyms
burst, rush, eruption, explosion, spasm, access
1.3 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.
1.4 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.
2 [in singular] A gradual widening, especially of a skirt or pants: as you knit, add a flare or curve a hem
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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.
2.1An upward and outward curve of a vessel’s bow, designed to throw the water outward when under way.

verb

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1Burn with a sudden intensity: the blaze across the water flared the bonfire crackled and flared up
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  • Heart turned at a sudden crackle and watched as the demonic blades flared and burned, leaving not even scorches where they had fallen.
  • I saw the stars burn and flare against the velvety darkness.
  • Some residents jumped from windows as the blaze flared through the building's entrance.
Synonyms
blaze, flash, flare up, flame, burn;
glow, flicker
burn, blaze, go up in flames
1.1(Of a light or a person’s eyes) glow with a sudden intensity: her eyes flared at the stinging insult
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  • I ran my nails down his back and his eyes flared in the light of the moon.
  • Cassandra purred, her eyes flaring to life and glowing a soft red in the semi-darkness, from behind the netting of her hat.
  • She looked up at him and her eyes flared with a golden light.
1.2(Of an emotion) suddenly become manifest in a person or their expression: alarm flared in her eyes tempers flared
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  • Adrian's temper was beginning to flare, his facial expressions narrowing.
  • Nerves are on edge and tempers have flared a few times, including my own.
  • What shall I do to make their tempers flare a bit?
1.3 (flare up) (Of an illness or chronic medical complaint) recur unexpectedly and cause further discomfort: Tracy’s pain has flared up again, this time almost beyond enduring
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  • It can be present as a chronic condition, flaring up occasionally under stress.
  • Johnson's chronic back problems flared up during that same game.
  • The condition may resolve late in pregnancy, but classically flares up again at delivery.
1.4(Especially of an argument, conflict, or trouble) suddenly become more violent or intense: a recurrent border dispute flared up again
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  • His men were quoted as saying there are still tribal elements in the city who are resisting their control, and that the situation could flare into fighting if they do not back down.
  • US capital markets have also been a refuge for many in recent years as emerging market crises flared from Russia and Brazil.
  • Nearly 250 priests have resigned or been dismissed from their duties since the crisis flared in January.
Synonyms
recur, reoccur, reappear;
break out, start suddenly, erupt
1.5 (flare up) (Of a person) suddenly become angry: she flared up, shouting at Jeff
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  • But suddenly, she flared up and pushed him away.
Synonyms
lose one's temper, become enraged, fly into a temper, go berserk
informal blow one's top, fly off the handle, go mad, go bananas, hit the roof, go off the deep end, flip out, explode, have a fit, go crackers, flip one's wig, blow one's stack, go ballistic, go postal, have a conniption fit
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, 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.
Synonyms
spread, broaden, widen;
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.

Origin

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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