flare

[ flair ]
/ flɛər /

verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.

verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.

noun


Nearby words

  1. flapper,
  2. flappers,
  3. flapping tremor,
  4. flappy,
  5. flaps,
  6. flare path,
  7. flare star,
  8. flare up,
  9. flare, solar,
  10. flare-up

Origin of flare

1540–50; original meaning: spread out, said of hair, a ship's sides, etc.; compare Old English flǣre either of the spreading sides at the end of the nose

Related formsout·flare, verb (used with object), out·flared, out·flar·ing.un·flared, adjective

Can be confusedflair flare

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British Dictionary definitions for flare

flare

/ (flɛə) /

verb

noun

Derived Formsflared, adjective

Word Origin for flare

C16 (to spread out): of unknown origin

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Word Origin and History for flare
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Medicine definitions for flare

flare

[ flâr ]

n.

An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.

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