to burn with an unsteady, swaying flame, as a torch or candle in the wind.
The fire flared up as the paper caught.
Tempers flared at the meeting. Violence flared up in a new section of the city.
to shine or glow.
to spread gradually outward, as the end of a trumpet, the bottom of a wide skirt, or the sides of a ship.
to cause (a candle, torch, etc.) to burn with a swaying flame.
to display conspicuously or ostentatiously.
to signal by flares of fire or light.
to cause (something) to spread gradually outward in form.
Metallurgy. to heat (a high-zinc brass) to such a high temperature that the zinc vapors begin to burn.
to discharge and burn (excess gas) at a well or refinery.
a flaring or swaying flame or light, as of torches in the wind.
a sudden blaze or burst of flame.
a bright blaze of fire or light used as a signal, a means of illumination or guidance, etc.
a device or substance used to produce such a blaze of fire or light.
a sudden burst, as of zeal or of anger.
the flare of a skirt.
something that spreads out.
Optics. light, often unwanted or extraneous, reaching the image plane of an optical instrument, as a camera, resulting from reflections, scattering by lenses, and the like.
Photography. a fogged appearance given to an image by reflection within a camera lens or within the camera itself.
Football. a short pass thrown to a back who is running toward a sideline and is not beyond the line of scrimmage.
Television. a dark area on a CRT picture tube caused by variations in light intensity.
She flares up easily.