verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.
verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.
- flapping tremor,
- flare path,
- flare star,
- flare up,
- flare, solar,
Origin of flare
Examples from the Web for flare
There was also a 37mm flare launcher, a replica of a M203 grenade launcher.NY Couple Not Terrorists, Say Cops, Just Rich Kids With Drug Habits|Michael Daly, Lizzie Crocker|January 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
She said she first learned of the current flare up by seeing tweets from the IDF spokesperson's Twitter account.D.C. Protesters March For Gaza, Because That's All They Can Do|Zaid Jilani|November 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
The issue would flare up, then die down, then flare up again.Komen Official Karen Handel Calls Planned Parenthood a ‘Gigantic Bully’|Abigail Pesta|February 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Her doctor told me the financial and family stress in her life had caused her MS to flare and left her vulnerable.
In the most casual conversation, she seems to flare at warp-speed.
He knocked again and the flare of a lighted match illumined the window.The Country Beyond|James Oliver Curwood
Alongside this one special gleam a red glow suddenly appeared—not a rocket this time, but a flare, undoubtedly.The Glory of The Coming|Irvin S. Cobb
You don't want to take advantage of her being sick and weakly now—now, you no need to flare up!Narcissa, or the Road to Rome|Laura E. Richards
"Our flare wasn't handy, and the first match broke," Elliot resumed.Wyndham's Pal|Harold Bindloss
He awoke to find himself staring into the flare of a flashlight.Fighting in France|Ross Kay
- a blaze of light or fire used to illuminate, identify, alert, signal distress, etc
- the device producing such a blaze
- the unwanted light reaching the image region of an optical device by reflections inside the instrument, etc
- the fogged area formed on a negative by such reflectionsSee also solar flare
Word Origin for flare
mid-16c., originally "spread out" (hair), of unknown origin, perhaps from Dutch vlederen. Related: Flared; flaring. The notion of "spreading out in display" is behind the notion of "spreading gradually outward" (1640s). Flare-up "a sudden burst" is from 1837.
"bright, unsteady light," 1814, from flare (v.), which led to the sense of "signal fire" (1883). Flares "flared trousers" is from 1964.