Definition of Flare

1. Noun. A shape that spreads outward. "The skirt had a wide flare"

Exact synonyms: Flair
Generic synonyms: Form, Shape

2. Verb. Burn brightly. "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"
Exact synonyms: Blaze Up, Burn Up, Flame Up
Generic synonyms: Burn, Combust

3. Noun. A sudden burst of flame.
Generic synonyms: Fire, Flame, Flaming

4. Verb. Become flared and widen, usually at one end. "The bellbottom pants flare out"
Exact synonyms: Flare Out
Generic synonyms: Widen

5. Noun. A burst of light used to communicate or illuminate.
Exact synonyms: Flash
Generic synonyms: Visual Signal
Specialized synonyms: Star Shell, Bengal Light, Very Light, Very-light

6. Verb. Shine with a sudden light. "The horizon is flareing with lights"; "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
Exact synonyms: Flame
Generic synonyms: Beam, Shine
Also: Flame Up

7. Noun. Reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation.
Generic synonyms: Erythroderma

8. Verb. Erupt or intensify suddenly. "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
Exact synonyms: Break Open, Burst Out, Erupt, Flare Up, Irrupt
Generic synonyms: Deepen, Intensify
Derivative terms: Eruption, Flare-up, Irruption

9. Noun. A sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms. "Infection can cause a lupus flare"
Generic synonyms: Attack

10. Noun. A sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference.
Exact synonyms: Solar Flare
Generic synonyms: Solar Radiation

11. Noun. Am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection).
Generic synonyms: Reflection, Reflexion

12. Noun. A sudden outburst of emotion. "She could not control her flare of rage"
Generic synonyms: Blowup, Ebullition, Effusion, Gush, Outburst

13. Noun. A device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification.
Generic synonyms: Device
Specialized synonyms: Fusee, Fuzee

14. Noun. A short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines. "He threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss"
Exact synonyms: Flare Pass
Generic synonyms: Aerial, Forward Pass

15. Noun. (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield.
Generic synonyms: Fly, Fly Ball
Category relationships: Baseball, Baseball Game

Definition of Flare

1. v. i. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares.

2. n. An unsteady, broad, offensive light.

3. n. Leaf of lard.

4. n. A defect in a photographic objective such that an image of the stop, or diaphragm, appears as a fogged spot in the center of the developed negative.

Definition of Flare

1. Noun. A brightly burning light used to attract attention in an emergency, or to illuminate an area. ¹

2. Noun. A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width, e.g. on the lower legs of trousers and jeans. ¹

3. Noun. (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing. ¹

4. Noun. (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders ¹

5. Noun. (military) An aircraft-released countermeasure to counter an infrared-homing missile. ¹

6. Verb. (intransitive) To blaze brightly. ¹

7. Verb. (intransitive) To burn unsteadily. ¹

8. Verb. (intransitive often with “up” or “out”) To burst out suddenly, as in anger. ¹

9. Verb. (transitive intransitive) To open outward in shape. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To cause to burn. ¹

¹ Source:

Definition of Flare

1. to burn with a bright, wavering light [v FLARED, FLARING, FLARES]

Medical Definition of Flare

1. Unwanted light in an optical instrument that arises by reflection at lens surfaces (including the observer's eyeglasses) and lens barrel, etc., and sometimes from lens aberration. Flare reduces image contrast and may form undesirable focused images and hot spots. Flare in a microscope is reduced by immersion of the condenser and objective lenses, anti-reflection (05 Aug 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Flare

flapping tremor
flare (current term)
flare angel
flare gun
flare out
flare path
flare star
flare streaming
flare up
flare up at

Literary usage of Flare

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Getting Fit Your Way: A Self-paced Fitness Guide (1993)
"Sometimes, despite the treatment plan and your efforts, you may experience a lupus flare. A flare is a worsening of symptoms that signals increased disease ..."

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