verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.
verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.
Origin of flare
Synonyms for flare
Examples from the Web for flare-up
Contemporary Examples of flare-up
Fluke being thrust in front of the world only stoked the flare-up that one student said “has in no way been resolved.”Some Georgetown Students Back Sandra Fluke in Limbaugh Flap, Others Feel Muzzled
March 6, 2012
Sure, he broke off his holiday in Italy to take command in Downing Street almost within 48 hours of the first flare-up.Cameron Gets Tough
August 10, 2011
The flare-up between the U.S. and Israel is sorely testing relations between the two countries.The Religious Right's 10 Favorite Candidates
Samuel P. Jacobs
March 17, 2010
Historical Examples of flare-up
The flare-up was kept inside the companion with a box of matches ready to hand.Chance
There has been a 'flare-up' about money between Cashel and him, and it is said he 'll lose the agency.Roland Cashel
Charles James Lever
Wouldn't there be a flare-up if I just handed it over to the old maid?
The war had periods of flare-up and periods in which it seemed to be subsiding.Watch the Sky
James H. Schmitz
I did not notice all that when she burnt the flare-up just now.The Ghost Ship
John C. Hutcheson
verb flare up (intr, adverb)
- 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
"bright, unsteady light," 1814, from flare (v.), which led to the sense of "signal fire" (1883). Flares "flared trousers" is from 1964.
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.