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-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|Allison Yarrow|March 6, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Sure, he broke off his holiday in Italy to take command in Downing Street almost within 48 hours of the first flare-up.
The flare-up between the U.S. and Israel is sorely testing relations between the two countries.
He told me afterwards that he had been fearing a flare-up for some minutes, but had hoped it would pass over.Men, Women and Guns|H. C. (Herman Cyril) McNeile
“I came back on the first news of your flare-up,” said the newcomer.The Three Brides|Charlotte M. Yonge
Nobody wanted them, nobody cared; this sodden beast in the flare-up of his consciousness wished to be quit of them.Selected Works of Voltairine de Cleyre|Voltairine de Cleyre
The fall of the curtain and the flare-up of the lights seemed to have blotted out an illusion.The Gray Phantom|Herman Landon
Real property of that 57 sort was still dull and inactive except for a flare-up now and then along Park Avenue and Fifth.The Crimson Tide|Robert W. Chambers
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.