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Definition of flare:

  1. A defect in a photographic objective such that an image of the stop, or diaphragm, appears as a fogged spot in the center of the developed negative.
  2. A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace.
  3. An unsteady, broad, offensive light.
  4. Leaf of lard.
  5. To be exposed to too much light.
  6. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares.
  7. To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare; the bows of a ship flare.
  8. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
  9. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy.


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