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FLARE

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does flare mean? 

FLARE (noun)
  The noun FLARE has 11 senses:

1. a shape that spreads outward
2. a sudden burst of flame
3. a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
4. reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
5. a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms
6. a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
7. am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
8. a sudden outburst of emotion
9. a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
10. a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines
11. (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield

  Familiarity information: FLARE used as a noun is familiar.


FLARE (verb)
  The verb FLARE has 4 senses:

1. burn brightly
2. become flared and widen, usually at one end
3. shine with a sudden light
4. erupt or intensify suddenly

  Familiarity information: FLARE used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


FLARE (noun)


Sense 1flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A shape that spreads outward

Classified under:

Nouns denoting two and three dimensional shapes

Synonyms:

flare; flair

Context example:

the skirt had a wide flare

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

form; shape (the spatial arrangement of something as distinct from its substance)


Sense 2flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden burst of flame

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural processes

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

fire; flame; flaming (the process of combustion of inflammable materials producing heat and light and (often) smoke)


Sense 3flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A burst of light used to communicate or illuminate

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Synonyms:

flare; flash

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

visual signal (a signal that involves visual communication)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flare"):

star shell (an artillery shell containing an illuminant)

Bengal light (a steady bright blue light; formerly used as a signal but now a firework)

Very light; Very-light (a colored flare fired from a Very pistol)


Sense 4flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

erythroderma (any skin disorder involving abnormal redness)


Sense 5flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Context examples:

a colitis flare / infection can cause a lupus flare

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

attack (a sudden occurrence of an uncontrollable condition)


Sense 6flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Synonyms:

solar flare; flare

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

solar radiation (radiation from the sun)


Sense 7flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting natural phenomena

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

reflection; reflexion (the phenomenon of a propagating wave (light or sound) being thrown back from a surface)


Sense 8flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A sudden outburst of emotion

Classified under:

Nouns denoting communicative processes and contents

Context examples:

she felt a flare of delight / she could not control her flare of rage

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

blowup; ebullition; effusion; gush; outburst (an unrestrained expression of emotion)


Sense 9flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

device (an instrumentality invented for a particular purpose)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "flare"):

fusee; fuzee (a colored flare used as a warning signal by trucks and trains)


Sense 10flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

flare pass; flare

Context example:

he threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

aerial; forward pass (a pass to a receiver downfield from the passer)


Sense 11flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

(baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Hypernyms ("flare" is a kind of...):

fly; fly ball ((baseball) a hit that flies up in the air)

Domain category:

baseball; baseball game (a ball game played with a bat and ball between two teams of nine players; teams take turns at bat trying to score runs)


FLARE (verb)


Sense 1flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Burn brightly

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

blaze up; burn up; flame up; flare

Context example:

Every star seemed to flare with new intensity

Hypernyms (to "flare" is one way to...):

burn; combust (undergo combustion)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 2flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Become flared and widen, usually at one end

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

flare out; flare

Context example:

The bellbottom pants flare out

Hypernyms (to "flare" is one way to...):

widen (become broader or wider or more extensive)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s


Sense 3flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Shine with a sudden light

Classified under:

Verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering

Synonyms:

flame; flare

Context example:

The night sky flared with the massive bombardment

Hypernyms (to "flare" is one way to...):

beam; shine (emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light)

Sentence frame:

Something ----s

Sentence examples:

Lights flare on the horizon
The horizon is flareing with lights


Sense 4flare [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Erupt or intensify suddenly

Classified under:

Verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.

Synonyms:

irrupt; flare up; erupt; burst out; break open; flare

Context examples:

Unrest erupted in the country / Tempers flared at the meeting / The crowd irrupted into a burst of patriotism

Hypernyms (to "flare" is one way to...):

deepen; intensify (become more intense)

Sentence frames:

Something ----s
Somebody ----s


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