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Origin and Meaning of Flare

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  • A submission from Canada says the name Flare means "Destroy love" and is of English origin.
  • According to a user from Indiana, United States, the name Flare means "King of grawlers".
  • A user from Washington, United States says the name Flare is of English origin and means "Enthusiam".

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Flare
  1. To burn with an unsteady or waving flame; as, the candle flares .
  2. To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
  3. To shine out with gaudy colors; to flaunt; to be offensively bright or showy."With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head." [Shak.]
  4. To be exposed to too much light.(Obs)" Flaring in sunshine all the day." [Prior.]
  5. 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

noun Flare
  1. An unsteady, broad, offensive light.
  2. A spreading outward; as, the flare of a fireplace.
  3. [Photog] 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.
noun Flare
Leaf of lard.
Other Dictionary Sources
  1. (baseball) a fly ball hit a short distance into the outfield
  2. A short forward pass to a back who is running toward the sidelines ("he threw a flare to the fullback who was tackled for a loss")
  3. A device that produces a bright light for warning or illumination or identification
  4. A burst of light used to communicate or illuminate
  5. A sudden outburst of emotion ("she felt a flare of delight" and "she could not control her flare of rage")
  6. Am unwanted reflection in an optical system (or the fogging of an image that is caused by such a reflection)
  7. A sudden eruption of intense high-energy radiation from the sun's surface; associated with sunspots and radio interference
  8. A sudden burst of flame
  9. A shape that spreads outward ("the skirt had a wide flare")
  10. A sudden recurrence or worsening of symptoms ("a colitis flare" and "infection can cause a lupus flare")
  11. Reddening of the skin spreading outward from a focus of infection or irritation
  12. Become flared and widen, usually at one end ("The bellbottom pants flare out")
  13. Erupt or intensify suddenly ("Tempers flared at the meeting")
  14. Burn brightly ("Every star seemed to flare with new intensity")
  15. Shine with a sudden light ("The night sky flared with the massive bombardment")


  1. A source of brightly burning light or intense heat used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy.
    The steered the traffic away from the accident.
    A spent had punctured the tire.
    The attracted the heat-seeking missiles.
  2. A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width.
    That's a genuine early '70's on those pants.
  3. (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
    The captain executed the perfectly, and we lightly touched down.
  4. (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders
    Jones hits a little to left that falls for a single.
  5. A type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light or intense heat without an explosion. A colored flare used as a warning on the railroad, a fusee.
  6. (photography) lens flare
  7. (engineering) widening at the end (edge) of a tube or a hollow structural section (rectangular hollow section)
    During assembly of a tube fitting, a nut is used to secure the flared tubing's tapered end to the also tapered fitting, producing a pressure-resistant, leak-tight seal.

flare was also found in the following language(s): Finnish and Latin

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Fun Facts about the name Flare

  • When was the first name Flare first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Flare is Saturday, April 22nd, 1882.
  • How unique is the name Flare? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Flare. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Flare: Your name in reverse order is Eralf. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Elfra. How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Flare born May 9, 1971

I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Ontario approximately on 1750. Your profession was dramatist, director, musician, and bard.

You always liked to travel, to investigate, could have been detective or spy. You should develop your talent for love, happiness and enthusiasm and to distribute these feelings to all people.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.