• A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt
    A nun is on her knees before a man in a short flared skirt
  • WordNet 3.6
    • v flare become flared and widen, usually at one end "The bellbottom pants flare out"
    • v flare erupt or intensify suddenly "Unrest erupted in the country","Tempers flared at the meeting","The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism"
    • v flare burn brightly "Every star seemed to flare with new intensity"
    • v flare shine with a sudden light "The night sky flared with the massive bombardment"
    • n flare (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
    • n flare 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"
    • n flare a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
    • n flare a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
    • n flare a sudden outburst of emotion "she felt a flare of delight","she could not control her flare of rage"
    • n flare am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
    • n flare a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
    • n flare a sudden burst of flame
    • n flare a shape that spreads outward "the skirt had a wide flare"
    • n flare a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms "a colitis flare","infection can cause a lupus flare"
    • n flare reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Only 30% of us can flare our nostrils.
    • Flare (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.
    • Flare A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace.
    • Flare An unsteady, broad, offensive light.
    • n Flare Leaf of lard. "Pig's flare ."
    • Flare To be exposed to too much light. "Flaring in sunshine all the day."
    • Flare To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares .
    • Flare To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare; the bows of a ship flare.
    • Flare To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
    • Flare To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy. "With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • flare To shine out with sudden and unsteady light, luster, or splendor; give out a dazzling light.
    • flare To waver; flutter; burn with an unsteady light, as flame in a current of air; hence, to flutter, as such flame does; flutter with gaudy show.
    • flare To open or spread outward, like the mouth of a trumpet.
    • flare To incline outward from a perpendicular, as a ship's sides or bows, or any similar formation: opposed to tumble home.
    • flare To cause to burn with a flaring flame; hence, to display glaringly; exhibit in an ostentatious manner.
    • n flare A glaring, unsteady, wavering light; a glare: as, the flare of an expiring candle.
    • n flare A spreading outward; a terminal or a continuous broadening, as of a trumpet or a lily, the side of a vessel of any kind, etc.
    • n flare In photography, same as ghost, 8.
    • n flare Ostentation.
    • n flare Synonyms Glare, etc. See flame, n.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Flare flār to burn with a glaring, unsteady light: to glitter or flash: to display glaringly
    • n Flare an unsteady light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Norw. flara, to blaze, flame, adorn with tinsel, dial. Sw. flasa upp, and E. flash, or flacker,


In literature:

The spitting electrical flames flared again, playing over the bundles of luggage he had dropped.
"Planet of the Damned" by Harry Harrison
As the blaze flared up Clay saw the partially covered mouth of a well just in front of him.
"Canoe Boys and Campfires" by William Murray Graydon
The sunset had been red, and it left a colour that flared to the zenith.
"The Long Roll" by Mary Johnston
After a last sharp turn, the canon broadened and flared out in a trough-like valley at the top of a high, cedar-clad, ridge-rimmed mesa.
"Bloom of Cactus" by Robert Ames Bennet
Opposite the one where Eldris stood was a raised dais where were two chairs and a flaring cresset on a tall standard.
"Nicanor - Teller of Tales" by C. Bryson Taylor
The livid flare showed Dio's face, hard with worry and determination.
"A World is Born" by Leigh Douglass Brackett
It was still impossible for her to think of him without a flare of passion.
"The Highgrader" by William MacLeod Raine
The place was lighted by two flaring torches thrust in crevices of the rocks.
"Frank Merriwell's Pursuit" by Burt L. Standish
The short flares illuminated his grave, immovable countenance while I let myself go completely and laughed in peals.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
The wallpaper is flaring, but very clean.
"Nights in London" by Thomas Burke

In poetry:

The shadows folded; here and there
A yellow light began to flare.
For some, another golden day
Of gladness sped upon its way.
"A City Sunset" by Charles Hanson Towne
To-night across the empty slopes
The shells will scream once more,
And flares go up and bullets fly
The way they did before ;
"Snow In France" by Ewart Alan Mackintosh
We saw the lights in the palace flare;
The musicians played:
The red guards slashed and sabred the stair,
And cursed the old king.
"El Manolo" by Elizabeth Drew Barstow Stoddard
Ah! in these flaring London nights,
Where midnight withers into morn,
How quiet a rebuke it writes
Across the sky of London nights!
"In The Meadows At Mantua" by Arthur Symons
Upon the sassafras a flare,
And through the elm a wavering sheen,
A flicker in the orchard fair,
A flame across the hedgerow green.
"Spring's Torch-Bearer" by Maurice Thompson
Sudden, intolerable;
Nor light of mad eyes gleaming up from hell....
Come not again, wild light! Shine not again,
Hill-flare of pain!
"Comfortable Light" by John Freeman

In news:

The sun is nearing the peak of its activity cycle, spitting out flares and plasma like a dragon.
This false-color image released by NASA shows a solar flare, lower center, erupting from the sun.
The flare erupted from a region that rotated into view on July 6.
X-class solar flare erupts from giant sunspot .
Solar Dynamics Observatory satellite image of solar flare (NASA).
The sun unleashed an M4.7 class flare at 8:32 EDT on Wednesday, as captured here by NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory.
NASA says there's a 10 percent chance of a massive X-class solar flare within 24 hours.
A massive "monster sunspot " that's 11 times wider than earth has emerged and started launching strong solar flares, according to NASA.
These structures sometimes erupt into solar flares, which send high-energy radiation streaming into space.
Sun unleashes solar flare November 3.
It's not uncommon for sunspots to pop off a number of powerful flares in quick succession the way 1283 has done, he added.
When the solar cycle is at a minimum, active regions are small and rare and few solar flares are detected.
Iridium flares, Chicago Bears -- and Great American BBQ.
The state's new contractor for the Tacoma Narrows Bridge has sent out 18,000 backlogged infractions, crowding their Gig Harbor office and flaring up tempers from commuters.
The sun unleashed a massive solar flare on Tuesday (Aug. 9), one powerful enough to earn X-class status, the highest ranking for solar flares.

In science:

During the optical flare( which shows delayed radio counterpart) the gamma flux was larger than any other epoch.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The flares in the gamma-rays and the optical wavelengths have similar shapes, but are separated in time.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The optical flare precedes the gamma-ray maximum by several hours.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The optical flares, that precede the gamma-ray maximum by several hours, show delayed radio flares by several months.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies
The flares in the gamma and the optical wavelengths have similar shape.
Gamma-ray bursts, BL Lacs, Supernovae, and Interacting Galaxies