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 flares
Contemporary Examples of 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
September 16, 2014
A stellar-mass black hole would produce pulses in the 100 to 450 Hz range, though still with that 3-to-2 ratio between the flares.The Goldilocks of Black Holes
Matthew R. Francis
August 24, 2014
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
July 29, 2014
When he finally arrives, however, his flares go unseen, his shouting unheard.Why We Are Under the Spell of Survival Movies
October 21, 2013
Abramoff is a man with a temper, and it flares at remembrance of past grievances.David’s Book Club: ‘Capitol Punishment’
March 23, 2012
Historical Examples of flares
From this comes the hard cruelty that flares forth luridly at times.Rosinante to the Road Again
John Dos Passos
This was done with the aid of flares, but only oil and some small debris were found.Submarine Warfare of To-day
Charles W. Domville-Fife
Glad to meet Freyberg again (the man who swam to light the flares at Enos).Gallipoli Diary, Volume 2
Then suddenly the flame of the altar flared as flares the summer lightning.The World's Desire
H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
Splash and hiss comes the water; pales, then flares out, the fire!The Caxtons, Complete
- 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.