1. a shape that spreads outward; "the skirt had a wide flare"
(hypernym) shape, form
(derivation) flare out
2. a sudden burst of flame
(hypernym) fire, flame, flaming
3. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
(hypernym) visual signal
(hyponym) star shell
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
(synonym) solar flare
(hypernym) solar radiation
7. am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
(hypernym) reflection, reflexion
8. a sudden outburst of emotion; "she felt a flare of delight"; "she could not control her flare of rage"
(hypernym) effusion, gush, outburst, blowup, ebullition
9. a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
(hyponym) fusee, fuzee
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"
(synonym) flare pass
(hypernym) forward pass, aerial
11. (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
(hypernym) fly, fly ball
(classification) baseball, baseball game, ball
1. burn brightly; "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"
(synonym) flame up, blaze up, burn up
(hypernym) burn, combust
2. become flared and widen, usually at one end; "The bellbottom pants flare out"
(synonym) flare out
3. shine with a sudden light; "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
(hypernym) shine, beam
4. erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"; "The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
(synonym) erupt, irrupt, flare up, break open, burst out
(hypernym) intensify, deepen