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1 a shape that spreads outward; "the skirt had a wide flare" [syn: flair]
2 a sudden burst of flame
3 a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate [syn: flash]
4 reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
5 a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms; "a colitis flare"; "infection can cause a lupus flare"
6 a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference [syn: solar flare]
7 am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
8 a sudden outburst of emotion; "she felt a flare of delight"; "she could not control her flare of rage"
9 a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
10 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" [syn: flare pass]
11 (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield


1 burn brightly; "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity" [syn: flame up, blaze up, burn up]
2 become flared and widen, usually at one end; "The bellbottom pants flare out" [syn: flare out]
3 shine with a sudden light; "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment" [syn: flame]
4 erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism" [syn: erupt, irrupt, flare up, break open, burst out]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A brightly burning light used to attract attention in an emergency, or to illuminate an area.
    The flares steered the traffic away from the accident.
  2. A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width, e.g. on the lower legs of trousers and jeans.
    That's a genuine early '70's flare on those pants.
    • 2003, Timothy Noakes, Lore of Running, page 270:
      The flare on the inside of the shoe resists ankle pronation;
  3. In the context of "aircraft": The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
    The captain executed the flare perfectly, and we lightly touched down.
  4. A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders
    Jones hits a little flare to left that falls for a single.


brightly burning light
widening of the lower legs of trousers and jeans
  • Finnish: levennys
transition from downward flight to level flight
  • Finnish: loivennus
low fly ball


  1. To blaze brightly.
    The blast furnace flared in the night.
  2. To burn unsteadily.
  3. To burst out suddenly, as in anger.
    The insult made him flare up.
  4. to make flare.


to blaze brightly
to burn unsteadily
  • Finnish: lepattaa
to burst out suddenly, as in anger
to make flare
  • Finnish: sytyttää (flame), suututtaa (person)



  • Hyphenation: fla·re


  1. In the context of "astronomy|lang=fi": solar flare

Extensive Definition

Flare may refer to:

In culture and the arts

In science and medicine

See also

flare in German: Flare
flare in Korean: 플레어
flare in Italian: Flare (disambigua)
flare in Dutch: Flare
flare in Japanese: フレア
flare in Polish: Flara

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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