"flare" in the noun sense
1. flare, flair
a shape that spreads outward
"the skirt had a wide flare"
a sudden burst of flame
3. flare, flash
a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms
"a colitis flare"
"infection can cause a lupus flare"
6. solar flare, flare
a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface associated with sunspots and radio interference
am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
a sudden outburst of emotion
"she felt a flare of delight"
"she could not control her flare of rage"
a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
10. flare pass, flare
a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
"he threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss"
baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
"flare" in the verb sense
1. flare, flame up, blaze up, burn up
"Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"
2. flare out, flare
become flared and widen, usually at one end
"The bellbottom pants flare out"
3. flare, flame
shine with a sudden light
"The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
4. erupt, irrupt, flare up, flare, break open, burst out
erupt or intensify suddenly
"Unrest erupted in the country"
"Tempers flared at the meeting"
"The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
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