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flare

[flair] /flɛər/
verb (used without object), flared, flaring.
1.
to burn with an unsteady, swaying flame, as a torch or candle in the wind.
2.
to blaze with a sudden burst of flame (often followed by up):
The fire flared up as the paper caught.
3.
to start up or burst out in sudden, fierce activity, passion, etc. (often followed by up or out):
Tempers flared at the meeting. Violence flared up in a new section of the city.
4.
to shine or glow.
5.
to spread gradually outward, as the end of a trumpet, the bottom of a wide skirt, or the sides of a ship.
verb (used with object), flared, flaring.
6.
to cause (a candle, torch, etc.) to burn with a swaying flame.
7.
to display conspicuously or ostentatiously.
8.
to signal by flares of fire or light.
9.
to cause (something) to spread gradually outward in form.
10.
Metallurgy. to heat (a high-zinc brass) to such a high temperature that the zinc vapors begin to burn.
11.
to discharge and burn (excess gas) at a well or refinery.
noun
12.
a flaring or swaying flame or light, as of torches in the wind.
13.
a sudden blaze or burst of flame.
14.
a bright blaze of fire or light used as a signal, a means of illumination or guidance, etc.
15.
a device or substance used to produce such a blaze of fire or light.
16.
a sudden burst, as of zeal or of anger.
17.
a gradual spread outward in form; outward curvature:
the flare of a skirt.
18.
something that spreads out.
19.
Optics. unwanted light reaching the image plane of an optical instrument, resulting from extraneous reflections, scattering by lenses, and the like.
20.
Photography. a fogged appearance given to an image by reflection within a camera lens or within the camera itself.
21.
Also called solar flare. Astronomy. a sudden and brief brightening of the solar atmosphere in the vicinity of a sunspot that results from an explosive release of particles and radiation.
22.
Football. a short pass thrown to a back who is running toward a sideline and is not beyond the line of scrimmage.
23.
Television. a dark area on a picture tube caused by variations in light intensity.
Verb phrases
24.
flare out/up, to become suddenly enraged:
She flares up easily.
Origin
1540-1550
1540-50; orig. 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 forms
outflare, verb (used with object), outflared, outflaring.
unflared, adjective
Can be confused
fair, far, fare, flare (see synonym study at fair)
flair, flare.
Synonyms
1. flame. 3. erupt, explode, flash, blaze, flame. 13. flash.
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  • The four columns speedily got into position with flares and bugles at the head of each.
  • Heat from solar flares or a rocket engine's exhaust could evaporate the fuel or cause the tanks to expand and even explode.
  • If the economy falls flat and public discontent with her left-leaning populist government flares, her fate will be sealed.
  • After all, violent confrontation between the two nuclear powers flares repeatedly.
  • Nonetheless, flares of sickening violence are making people wonder how prolific this mad, bad minority must be.
  • Along the way the astronauts would be bombarded by cosmic radiation and risk being baked by unpredictable solar flares.
  • Panic about children's safety flares up regularly, usually with little relation to overall trends.
  • It flares up when there's a shooting, and then people forget about it again.
  • On the drum-roll, the processors pause, and golden flares explode either side of the statue.
  • The chance of political violence in never vanishingly small, it flares up out of nowhere and does so frequently, if not regularly.
British Dictionary definitions for flares

flares

/flɛəz/
plural noun
1.
(informal) trousers with legs that widen below the knee

flare

/flɛə/
verb
1.
to burn or cause to burn with an unsteady or sudden bright flame
2.
to spread or cause to spread outwards from a narrow to a wider shape
3.
(transitive) to make a conspicuous display of
4.
to increase the temperature of (a molten metal or alloy) until a gaseous constituent of the melt burns with a characteristic flame or (of a molten metal or alloy) to show such a flame
5.
(transitive) sometimes foll by off. (in the oil industry) to burn off (unwanted gas) at an oil well
noun
6.
an unsteady flame
7.
a sudden burst of flame
8.
  1. a blaze of light or fire used to illuminate, identify, alert, signal distress, etc
  2. the device producing such a blaze
9.
a spreading shape or anything with a spreading shape: a skirt with a flare
10.
a sudden outburst, as of emotion
11.
(optics)
  1. the unwanted light reaching the image region of an optical device by reflections inside the instrument, etc
  2. the fogged area formed on a negative by such reflections See also solar flare
12.
(astronomy) short for solar flare
13.
(aeronautics) the final transition phase of an aircraft landing, from the steady descent path to touchdown
14.
an open flame used to burn off unwanted gas at an oil well
Derived Forms
flared, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (to spread out): of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for flares

flare

v.

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.

n.

"bright, unsteady light," 1814, from flare (v.), which led to the sense of "signal fire" (1883). Flares "flared trousers" is from 1964.

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flares in Medicine

flare (flâr)
n.
An area of redness on the skin surrounding the primary site of infection or irritation.

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