A flare fired into the air from a pistol for signaling or for temporary illumination.
- It resembled a Very light (flare in the USA - J.T.) used as a distress signal by Royal Air.
- The moon was at their back, and the enemy used mortar-fire, Very lights and fire-bombs, setting the corn alight.
- I looked round and in the clear blue the Very lights and tracer bullets were shooting up into the sky.
Early 20th century: named after Edward W. Very (1847–1910), American naval officer.
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