|1.||[ noun ] a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate|
|Related terms:||visual_signal Very_light Bengal_light star_shell|
|2.||[ noun ] (chemistry) a sudden burst of flame|
|3.||[ noun ] a shape that spreads outward|
"the skirt had a wide flare"
|Related terms:||shape flare_out|
|4.||[ verb ] become flared and widen, usually at one end|
"The bellbottom pants flare out"
|5.||[ verb ] become suddenly excited or angry|
"She flares up easily"
|Related terms:||appear erupt|
|6.||[ verb ] burn brightly|
|Synonyms:||flame_up burn_up blaze_up|
"Every star seemed to flare with new intensity."
|7.||[ noun ] (medicine) a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms|
"a colitis flare" "infection can cause a lupus flare"
|8.||[ noun ] (medicine) reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation|
|9.||[ verb ] shine with a sudden light|
"The night sky flared with the massive bombardment."
|10.||[ noun ] (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield|
|Related terms:||fly baseball|
|11.||[ noun ] a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification|
|Related terms:||device fusee|
|12.||[ noun ] (sport,american football) 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"
|13.||[ noun ] (physics) am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)|
|14.||[ noun ] a sudden outburst of emotion|
"she felt a flare of delight" "she could not control her flare of rage"
|15.||[ verb ] erupt or intensify suddenly|
|Synonyms:||erupt flare_up burst_out irrupt break_open|
"Unrest erupted in the country" "Tempers flared at the meeting" "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
|Related terms:||intensify outburst|
|16.||[ noun ] (physics,astronomy) a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference|