1 [glair]
a very harsh, bright, dazzling light: in the glare of sunlight.
a fiercely or angrily piercing stare.
dazzling or showy appearance; showiness.
verb (used without object), glared, glaring.
to shine with or reflect a very harsh, bright, dazzling light.
to stare with a fiercely or angrily piercing look.
Archaic. to appear conspicuous; stand out obtrusively.
verb (used with object), glared, glaring.
to express with a glare: They glared their anger at each other.

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.

glareless, adjective

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. Unabridged


2 [glair]
a bright, smooth surface, as of ice.

1560–70; special use of glare1 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
glare1 (ɡlɛə)
1.  (intr) to stare angrily; glower
2.  (tr) to express by glowering
3.  (intr) (of light, colour, etc) to be very bright and intense
4.  (intr) to be dazzlingly ornamented or garish
5.  an angry stare
6.  a dazzling light or brilliance
7.  garish ornamentation or appearance; gaudiness
[C13: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch glaren to gleam; probably related to Old English glæren glassy; see glass]

glare2 (ɡlɛə)
chiefly (US), (Canadian) smooth and glassy: glare ice
[C16: special use of glare1]

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Word Origin & History

mid-13c., "shine brightly," perhaps from M.Du., M.L.G. glaren "to gleam," related by rhoticization to glas (see glass). Sense of "stare fiercely" is from c.1600. O.E. glær meant "amber." Glaring "obtrusively conspicuous" is from 1706.
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Example sentences
In a visible-light photo, the planets would be invisible, due to the glare from
  their host star.
The glare from external light sources onto a screen is heck on a photographer's
  eyes, especially when shooting outside.
The small mirrors will also diffuse the light, minimizing fire hazards and
  preventing glare.
The indirect light works well for computer work because it reduces glare on the
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