Meaning of FLARE in English


I. ˈfla(a)](ə)r, ˈfle], ]ə\ verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: origin unknown

intransitive verb


a. : to stream or flutter in or as if in a current of air

her coat flared behind her as she ran

b. : to burn with an unsteady or wavering flame

the candle flared in the breeze as the door opened


a. : to shine with a sudden light : flame up brightly

the fire flared brightly when the log crumbled into coals

often : to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light

the new snow flaring under the spring sun

arc lights flared

b. : to become suddenly excited or angry : get in a passion (as of rage) — usually used with up

she flares up at the slightest thing

c. : to express anger, passion, or vehement disapproval — usually used with out

she flared out at him furiously

flaring out at such abuses

d. : to burst forth

tempers flared

3. : to open or spread outward : project beyond the perpendicular : have a flare usually in a specified direction

her skirt flaring about her legs

a boat of shallow draft with the gunwales flaring out

transitive verb


a. : to make to stream or flutter in or as if in a breeze

the wind flared her skirts

b. : to display flaringly

flaring a scarf from side to side to catch their eye


a. : to cause to flare

the breeze flared the candle

b. : to give the appearance of a flaring flame

sunset flared the western sky

c. : to signal with a flare or by flaring

torches flaring the alarm

d. : to burn (a jet of waste gas) in the open air

3. : to shape with a flare : spread gradually outward in shaping

flared the coat with inset panels

as the potter flares the neck of a jar

gloved hands folded on a flared umbrella — Alan Brien

4. : to level the flight path of (an airplane) just before making contact with the ground in landing so as to achieve a smooth transition from the steady glide to the ground run

Synonyms: see blaze

II. noun

( -s )

1. : an unsteady glaring light

2. : a strong or flaring fire or blaze of light: as

a. or flare light : such a flare used to illuminate or attract attention (as on an airfield or battleground at night or as a prearranged signal) ; also : a device or composition (as a torch, Very light, or magnesium ribbon) used to produce such a flare

b. : solar flare

c. : the flame of a jet of waste gas (as from a sewage-disposal plant or coke oven) burned in open air for disposal

3. : a sudden outburst (as of sound, excitement, or anger)

a harsh flare of trumpets

a flare of temper

4. sometimes flair : a spreading outward or a place or part that spreads

the flare of a fireplace

the flare of an urn


a. : the upward and outward curve of the bow of a ship that throws aside spray when in motion

b. : fullness produced by gradually increasing the width towards the edge of a garment (as a gored skirt)

c. : an area of skin flush resulting from and spreading out from a local center of vascular dilation and hyperemia

urticaria flare

d. usually flair : a tapered widening of the flangeway at the end of the guard line of a railroad track structure (as at the end of a guardrail or at the end of a frog or crossing wing rail)

5. : light resulting from interreflection (as between lens surfaces) or an effect of this light:

a. : non-image-forming light that reaches the sensitive film in a camera

b. or flare spot : the resulting fogged or dense area in a photographic negative

III. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps alteration of fleck (IV)

Britain : leaf fat

IV. noun

1. : a short pass in football thrown to a back who is running toward the sideline

2. flares plural : trousers that flare toward the bottoms

3. : texas leaguer

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