verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.
verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.
Origin of flare
Synonyms for flare
Related Words for flareflicker, burn, flash, explode, blaze, seethe, glow, widen, shoot, dazzle, glare, burst, fume, shimmer, dart, rant, waver, flutter, broaden, grow
Examples from the Web for flare
Contemporary Examples of 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
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
November 16, 2012
The issue would flare up, then die down, then flare up again.Komen Official Karen Handel Calls Planned Parenthood a ‘Gigantic Bully’
February 10, 2012
Her doctor told me the financial and family stress in her life had caused her MS to flare and left her vulnerable.Inside the Salahi Split
September 16, 2011
In the most casual conversation, she seems to flare at warp-speed.20 Views of Life and Death
Ezrha Jean Black
July 22, 2011
Historical Examples of flare
She appeared to struggle against a flare of her old rebellious spirit.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
The flare, they said, was caused by the release of another meteor!
If I should try just once to tell her what she ought to do she'd flare up like a bonfire.Kent Knowles: Quahaug
Joseph C. Lincoln
There was the flare of a match, and he sat back again, exhaling a long puff.The Destroyer
Burton Egbert Stevenson
Then he remembered that the flare might have scorched her face, and expressed his concern.Chance
- 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.