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[n] a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
[n] a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
[n] a sudden burst of flame
[n] a shape that spreads outward; "the skirt had a wide flare"
[n] reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
[v] become flared and widen, usually at one end; "The bellbottom pants flare out"
[v] erupt or intensify suddenly; "Unrest erupted in the country"; "Tempers flared at the meeting"
[v] become suddenly excited or angry; "She flares up easily"
[v] burn brightly; "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"
[v] shine with a sudden light; "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"

Misc. Definitions

\Flare\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Flared}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Flaring}.] [Cf. Norw. flara to blaze, flame, adorn with tinsel, dial. Sw. flasa upp, and E. flash, or flacker.]
1. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares.
2. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
3. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy. With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head. --Shak.
4. To be exposed to too much light. [Obs.] Flaring in sunshine all the day. --Prior.
5. To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare; the bows of a ship flare. {To flare up}, to become suddenly heated or excited; to burst into a passion. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
\Flare\, n.
1. An unsteady, broad, offensive light.
2. A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace.
\Flare\, n. Leaf of lard. ``Pig's flare.'' --Dunglison.
\Flare\, n. (Photog.) A defect in a photographic objective such that an image of the stop, or diaphragm, appears as a fogged spot in the center of the developed negative.

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