Pronunciation Noun

flare (plural flares)

  1. A sudden bright light.
  2. A source#Noun|source of brightly burning#Adjective|burning light#Noun|light or intense heat#Noun|heat.
    solar flare
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter XII, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, OCLC 4293071 ↗, pages 87–88 ↗:
      In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.
    1. A type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant#Adjective|brilliant light without an explosion, used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy.
      Flares were used to steer the traffic away from the accident.
      The flares attracted the heat-seeking missiles.
    2. (oil industry) A flame#Noun|flame produced by a burn-off of waste#Adjective|waste gas#Noun|gas (flare gas) from a flare tower (or flare stack), typically at an oil refinery.
  3. (figuratively) A sudden eruption or outbreak; a flare-up.
  4. A widening#Noun|widening of an object#Noun|object with an otherwise roughly constant width.
    During assembly of a flare tube fitting, a flare nut is used to secure the flared tubing’s tapered end to the also tapered fitting, producing a pressure-resistant, leak-tight seal.
    That’s a genuine early 70’s flare on those pants.
  5. (in plural) Bell-bottom trousers.
  6. (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level#Adjective|level flight just before landing#Noun|landing.
    The captain executed the flare perfectly, and we lightly touched down.
  7. (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders.
    Synonyms: blooper, Texas leaguer
    Jones hits a little flare to left that falls for a single.
  8. (American football) A route run by the running back, releasing toward the sideline and then slightly arcing upfield looking for a short pass.
  9. (photography) Short for lens flare#English|lens flare.
Translations Translations Translations
  • German: Gasfackel
  • German: Stulp, Rand, Bördelrand, Flansch, Aufbördelung, Trichterrand
  • German: Schlag, Aufweitung
  • Russian: клёш
Translations Verb

flare (flares, present participle flaring; past and past participle flared)

  1. (transitive) To cause#Verb|cause to burn#Verb|burn.
  2. (transitive) To cause#Verb|cause inflammation; to inflame.
  3. (ambitransitive) To open#Verb|open outward in shape#Noun|shape.
    The cat flared its nostrils while sniffing at the air. (transitive)
    The cat’s nostrils flared when it sniffed at the air. (intransitive)
    The building flared from the third through the seventh floors to occupy the airspace over the entrance plaza. (intransitive)
    The sides of a bowl flare. (intransitive)
  4. (ambitransitive, aviation) To (operate an aircraft to) transition from downward flight to level#Adjective|level flight just before landing#Noun|landing.
  5. (intransitive) To blaze#Verb|blaze brightly.
    The blast furnace flared in the night.
    • 1802, Joanna Baillie, “Ethwald: A Tragedy, in Five Acts. Part Second.”, in A Series of Plays: In which It is Attempted to Delineate the Stronger Passions of the Mind. […], volume II, London: Printed for T[homas] Cadell, Jun. and W[illiam] Davies, […], OCLC 926850714 ↗, Act V, scene v, page 351 ↗:
      Thou rear'st thy stately neck, / And, while I list, thou flarest in men's eyes / A gorgeous queen; I [Satan] cannot ſtay / Flaring in ſun-ſhine all the day: / For, entre nous, we helliſh ſprites, / Love more the freſco of the nights; {{...}