verb (used without object), flared, flar·ing.
verb (used with object), flared, flar·ing.
Origin of flare
Related formsout·flare, verb (used with object), out·flared, out·flar·ing.un·flared, adjective
Can be confusedflair flare
Examples from the Web for flares
“I have an unfortunate temper that flares up not too often, thank God,” Baquet says.Dean Baquet, the NYT’s Executive Editor, on Jill Abramson, Race, Surviving Cancer—and TMZ Envy|Lloyd Grove|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And then the flares light up the sky and the building begins to shake from the deadly thunder of Protective Edge.Israel’s Campaign to Send Gaza Back to the Stone Age|Jesse Rosenfeld|July 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When he finally arrives, however, his flares go unseen, his shouting unheard.
Abramoff is a man with a temper, and it flares at remembrance of past grievances.
He also tries out flourishes and flares, which may at times work.For Presidential Hopefuls, the Handwriting Says It All|Sheila Kurtz|January 11, 2012|DAILY BEAST
We were just starting to produce these flares when the war ended.America's Munitions 1917-1918|Benedict Crowell
By the light of flares the great marauding machines of destruction are seen to hover apparently stationary.Eighteen Months in the War Zone|Kate John Finzi
A hundred yards from the defences bonfires, to be lit by flares ignited by cords leading into the fort, were arranged.Life in an Indian Outpost|Gordon Casserly
Flares were blossoming along the mainland, dropped by Yank fliers.A Yankee Flier in Italy|Rutherford G. Montgomery
There were flares and trip wires round the lines, making, even on the darkest night, a surprise attack an impossibility.Australia in Arms|Phillip F.E. Schuler
British Dictionary definitions for flares (1 of 2)
British Dictionary definitions for flares (2 of 2)
- 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