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glare1

[glair] /glɛər/
noun
1.
a very harsh, bright, dazzling light:
in the glare of sunlight.
2.
a fiercely or angrily piercing stare.
3.
dazzling or showy appearance; showiness.
verb (used without object), glared, glaring.
4.
to shine with or reflect a very harsh, bright, dazzling light.
5.
to stare with a fiercely or angrily piercing look.
6.
Archaic. to appear conspicuous; stand out obtrusively.
verb (used with object), glared, glaring.
7.
to express with a glare:
They glared their anger at each other.
Origin of glare1
1250-1300
1250-1300; (v.) Middle English glaren; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German glaren; akin to glass (compare Old English glæren glassy); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.
Related forms
glareless, adjective
Synonyms
1. flare, glitter, flash. 4. See shine1 . 5. Glare, glower, gloat all have connotations of emotion that accompany an intense gaze. To glare is to look piercingly or angrily: A tiger glares at its prey. To glower is to look fiercely and threateningly, as from wrath; it suggests a scowl along with a glare: to glower at a mischievous child. To gloat meant originally to look with exultation, avaricious or malignant, on something or someone: a tyrant gloating over the helplessness of his victim. Today, however, it may simply imply inner exultation.

glare2

[glair] /glɛər/
noun
1.
a bright, smooth surface, as of ice.
Origin
1560-70; special use of glare1
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  • He stood, a thick-set resolute figure, in the glare of the lanterns, while Sharkey bowed and smirked before him.

  • Then he ventured into the heat and glare of Broadway where humanity stewed and wilted.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • A "top hat" goes spinning out into the roadway, and a fan flies through the midst of the glare.

    Starlight Ranch Charles King
  • The first look that they gave at the upper world was a glare of wrath and defiance.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • He was very pale, and his eyes gleamed with a glare that his best friends had never seen in them before.

British Dictionary definitions for glare

glare1

/ɡlɛə/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to stare angrily; glower
2.
(transitive) to express by glowering
3.
(intransitive) (of light, colour, etc) to be very bright and intense
4.
(intransitive) to be dazzlingly ornamented or garish
noun
5.
an angry stare
6.
a dazzling light or brilliance
7.
garish ornamentation or appearance; gaudiness
Derived Forms
glareless, adjective
glary, adjective
Word Origin
C13: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch glaren to gleam; probably related to Old English glæren glassy; see glass

glare2

/ɡlɛə/
adjective
1.
(mainly US & Canadian) smooth and glassy: glare ice
Word Origin
C16: special use of glare1
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Word Origin and History for glare
v.

late 13c., "shine brightly," from or related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German glaren "to gleam," related by rhoticization to glas (see glass). Sense of "stare fiercely" is from late 14c. The noun is c.1400 in sense "bright light;" 1660s in sense of "fierce look." Old English glær (n.) meant "amber." Related: Glared; glaring.

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