1 bright unsteady light/flame; sudden feeling
ADJ. brief, sudden There was a sudden flare as a fuel tank exploded. | bright | solar Radiation comes from the sun during solar flares.
VERB + FLARE see | feel She felt a sudden flare of anger.
2 device producing a bright flame
VERB + FLARE see If they did not see a green flare in ten minutes, they were to launch the attack. | fire, send up, set off The ship's crew sent up a distress flare. | drop The bomber dropped a flare to illuminate the target.
FLARE + VERB go up The flare to mark the start of the attack went up at 0440. | burn They could see orange flares burning in the distance. | explode | hit sb/sth A flare fired by a supporter hit the referee in the face. | illuminate sth, light sth (up) Flares lit up the night sky.
FLARE + NOUN gun
ADV. suddenly Anger suddenly flared in his eyes. | briefly A light flared briefly, then went out. | up Violence flared up in the capital last night.
PHRASES flare into life The fire flared into life again.