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English noun: flare

1. flare (shape) a shape that spreads outward

SamplesThe skirt had a wide flare.


Broader (hypernym)form, shape

2. flare (process) a sudden burst of flame

Broader (hypernym)fire, flame, flaming

3. flare (communication) a burst of light used to communicate or illuminate


Broader (hypernym)visual signal

Narrower (hyponym)Bengal light, star shell, Very light, Very-light

4. flare (state) reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation

Broader (hypernym)erythroderma

5. flare (state) a sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms

SamplesA colitis flare.
Infection can cause a lupus flare.

Broader (hypernym)attack

6. flare (phenomenon) a sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference

Synonymssolar flare

Broader (hypernym)solar radiation

7. flare (phenomenon) am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)

Broader (hypernym)reflection, reflexion

8. flare (communication) a sudden outburst of emotion

SamplesShe felt a flare of delight.
She could not control her flare of rage.

Broader (hypernym)blowup, ebullition, effusion, gush, outburst

9. flare (artifact) a device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification

Broader (hypernym)device

Narrower (hyponym)fusee, fuzee

10. flare (act) a short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines

SamplesHe threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss.

Synonymsflare pass

Broader (hypernym)aerial, forward pass

11. flare (act) (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield

Broader (hypernym)fly, fly ball

Domain categorybaseball, baseball game

English verb: flare

1. flare (weather) burn brightly

SamplesEvery star seemed to flare with new intensity.

Synonymsblaze up, burn up, flame up

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)burn, combust

2. flare (change) become flared and widen, usually at one end

SamplesThe bellbottom pants flare out.

Synonymsflare out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)widen

3. flare (weather) shine with a sudden light

SamplesThe night sky flared with the massive bombardment.

ExamplesLights flare on the horizon, The horizon is flareing with lights


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)beam, shine

4. flare (change) erupt or intensify suddenly

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

Synonymsbreak open, burst out, erupt, flare up, irrupt

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)deepen, intensify

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