- To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares .
- To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
- To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy."With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head." [Shak.]
- To be exposed to too much light.(Obs)" Flaring in sunshine all the day." [Prior.]
- To open or spread outwards; to project beyond the perpendicular; as, the sides of a bowl flare; the bows of a ship flare.
Etymology: Cf. Norw. flara to blaze, flame, adorn with tinsel, dial. Sw. flasa upp, and E. flash, or flacker