flair

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n flair distinctive and stylish elegance "he wooed her with the confident dash of a cavalry officer"
    • n flair a natural talent "he has a flair for mathematics","he has a genius for interior decorating"
    • n flair a shape that spreads outward "the skirt had a wide flare"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The classic toy wagon was designed by Antonio Pasin, who founded his company in 1918. Pasin wanted to give his wagons a modern flair, and chose the word "radio" for what was then a new form of communication, and "flyer" for the wonder of flight — hence, "Radio Flyer."
    • Flair A talent or ability, expecially an intuitive one that makes performance of a task appear easy; an intuitive appreciation; a knack; as, she has a flair for acting.
    • Flair An attractive way of performing a task; style.
    • Flair Sense of smell; scent; fig., discriminating sense.
    • Flair Smell; odor.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flair An obsolete spelling of flare.
    • n flair Odor; smell.
    • n flair In hunting, scent; sense of smell: used figuratively in the extract.
    • n flair The skate, Raia batis.
    • n flair Same as fiery-flare.
    • n flair Scent; the critical sense in art and literature.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Flair flār perceptiveness, discernment.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. flaire,odor, fr. OF. & F. flair, fr. OF. flairier, F. flairer, to smell, LL. flagrare, for L. fragrare,. See Flagrant
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.

Usage

In literature:

This yearning for martyrdom explains one of the commonly noted characters of women: their eager flair for bearing physical pain.
"In Defense of Women" by H. L. Mencken
In real life I have rather a flair for future eminence.
"And Even Now" by Max Beerbohm
They have a flair for violence that makes them useless as labor and their training doesn't help matters.
"The Lani People" by J. F. Bone
He has an uncanny flair for anything that's worrying.
"The Forsyte Saga, Volume II." by John Galsworthy
There was a flair of vanity in Gaddon that dated back to his English ancestry.
"The Monster" by S. M. Tenneshaw
Now Isabelle had a flair for the odd, and she understood her own limitations and her own style.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
A man with a strong flair for physical training can usually find a good berth.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
You have a wonderful flair for politics, dear Marie, and you know what we all expect of you.
"Black Oxen" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Packard differs from his fellow-writers of mystery stories in his flair for the unusual idea.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
On the other hand, in Virginia, the Reverend John Clayton displayed a distinct flair for the scientific method in his analysis of urine.
"Medicine in Virginia, 1607-1699" by Thomas P. Hughes
M. de Saint-Flair is not handsome, is he?
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science Volume 15, No. 89, May, 1875" by Various
Percival Channing, with his carefully developed flair for character study, guessed them from the first.
"Kildares of Storm" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
In rare combination with this flair he had superior mechanical intelligence and a talent for expressive verbalization.
"The Instant of Now" by Irving E. Cox, Jr.
You could have picked her yourself if you'd had any flaire.
"The Moonlit Way" by Robert W. Chambers
He loved his morning meetings, and he conducted them with the flair of a benevolent emperor.
"Makers" by Cory Doctorow
He despised the family whom he served, realizing with the flair of his kind their status as parvenu.
"The Man with the Double Heart" by Muriel Hine
She had the same flair for respectability as had the Misses Darcy for gentility.
"Why Joan?" by Eleanor Mercein Kelly
He knew that she had writing talent and a flair for tracking down a story.
"Whispering Walls" by Mildred A. Wirt
He's got the flair of a detective.
"The High Heart" by Basil King
He is Huysmans's little brother in his flair for disintegrating character.
"Unicorns" by James Huneker
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In poetry:

Then Jock rose up wi' furious speed,
His een maist startin' frae his heid,
Sprang back, an' sent the coupit chair
Wi' ae kick richt across the flair,
Then, fu' o' shame, an' rage an' doot,
Hung doon his heid and boltit oot.
"The Landlord's Best" by Alexander Anderson

In news:

Looking to infuse a tasty dessert with fruit flair that really 'pops'.
Da Vinci Days bring a renaissance flair to Corvallis campus.
Flair Cleaners Launch 10th Annual Holiday Clothing Drive Through December 31 .
Dinner theatre in Chicago is taking on a trans-continental flair in Uptown with a taste of African culture and cuisine.
Gay Lyons' People & Parties: Dogwood Debs celebrate 50th season with flair.
Pizza combines East Coast expertise with Eugene's organic flair.
Known for her flair, rich colors and strong composition, Irene McFarland has pursued her painting passion for almost 40 years.
Spike Lee showed a surprising flair for genre filmmaking with 20606's "Inside Job," so the idea of him making a gangster revenge epic is helping us forget about Johnny Depp's descent into artistic irrelevance.
Sleek new sushi restaurant brings Far East flair to south Riverside.
A Naskapi hunting coat with a French flair.
The red carpet is usually an opportunity for stars to show off the latest trends and their flair for style.
Now, Mizrahi is lending his fashion flair to the new version of the Chevrolet Malibu, a car for which General Motors has high hopes this fall.
This would be great for the office that permits a little style flair.
Hometown Flair Impacts Westover Player.
One of the easiest ways to add tropical flair to any landscape is to use plants with large leaves.
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In science:

Machine Learning , 1996. Zhang, H., The optimality of naive Bayes. Proc. Int Florida Artificial Intelligence Research Society Conference (FLAIRS) , 2004. Duin, R. and Tax, D.
Practical Context Awareness: Measuring and Utilizing the Context Dependency of Mobile Usage
The highest possible p fluxes should be aimed for at new facilities such as the planned FLAIR facility at GSI in order to maximize the potential of delicate precision experiments to in fluence model building.
Low Energy Antiproton Experiments -- A Review
In connection with the future upgrade plans of GSI, Germany, into a Facility Antiproton and Ion Research (FAIR) also a Facility for Low-energy Antiproton and Ion Research (FLAIR) is foreseen.
Low Energy Antiproton Experiments -- A Review
In the long term future the FLAIR facilit y (right) at FAIR(GSI) could provide low energy p’s for a variety of experiments at somewhat higher rates.
Low Energy Antiproton Experiments -- A Review
Fluid attenuated inversion recovery (FLAIR) is useful in the diagnosis of certain pathologies such as periventricular white-matter lesion in multiple sclerosis.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Figure 3: T2 FLAIR showing hyperintense signal in the PCA and MCA distributions, consistent with acute ischemic stroke.
A Quantum Mechanical Review of Magnetic Resonance Imaging
In FLAIRS Conference, pages 352{357, 2006. U. Hanani, B. Shapira, and P. Shoval. Information filtering: Overview of issues, research and systems.
User Profile-Driven Data Warehouse Summary for Adaptive OLAP Queries
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