What is the difference between flare and flame?

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Flare is a related term of flame.


As nouns the difference between flare and flame

is that flare is a source of brightly burning light or intense heat used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy while flame is the visible part of fire.

As verbs the difference between flare and flame

is that flare is to blaze brightly while flame is to produce flames; to burn with a flame or blaze.

As a adjective flame is

of a brilliant reddish orange-gold colour, like that of a flame.

flare

English

Noun

(en noun)
  • A source of brightly burning light or intense heat used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy.
  • * 2010 , James Fleming, Cold Blood
  • *:...when the soldiers openly laughed at him, I knew he was in the bag. While he was putting on the snowplough, the Whites shot up a flare to see what was happening.
  • *, chapter=7
  • , title= The Mirror and the Lamp , passage=The turmoil went on—no rest, no peace. […] It was nearly eleven o'clock now, and he strolled out again. In the little fair created by the costers' barrows the evening only seemed beginning; and the naphtha flares made one's eyes ache, the men's voices grated harshly, and the girls' faces saddened one.}}
  • A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width.
  • * 2003 , Timothy Noakes, Lore of Running , page 270:
  • The flare on the inside of the shoe resists ankle pronation;
  • (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
  • (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders
  • 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.
  • Derived terms

    * lens flare * nonflared * parachute flare * unflared

    Verb

  • To blaze brightly.
  • The blast furnace flared in the night.
  • To burn unsteadily.
  • The candle flared in a sudden draught.
  • (intransitive) To open outward in shape.
  • The cat flared its nostrils while sniffing at the air.
    The cat's nostrils flared when it sniffed at the air.
    The building flared from the third through the seventh floors to occupy the airspace over the entrance plaza.
    The sides of a bowl flare .
  • To cause to burn.
  • To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
  • To shine out with gaudy colours; to be offensively bright or showy.
  • * Shakespeare
  • With ribbons pendant, flaring about her head.
  • (obsolete) To be exposed to too much light.
  • * Prior
  • flaring in sunshine all the day

    Derived terms

    * flare up

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    flame

    English

    (wikipedia flame)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The visible part of fire; a stream of burning vapour or gas, emitting light and heat.
  • *
  • *:Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth.
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  • , title= Geothermal Energy , volume=101, issue=4, magazine=(American Scientist) , passage=Energy has seldom been found where we need it when we want it. Ancient nomads, wishing to ward off the evening chill and enjoy a meal around a campfire, had to collect wood and then spend time and effort coaxing the heat of friction out from between sticks to kindle a flame .}}
  • A romantic partner or lover in a usually short-lived but passionate affair.
  • *(Thackeray)
  • (lb) Intentionally insulting criticism or remark meant to incite anger.
  • A brilliant reddish orange-gold fiery colour.
  • The contrasting light and dark figure seen in wood used for stringed instrument making; the curl.
  • :
  • Burning zeal, passion, imagination, excitement, or anger.
  • *(John Milton) (1608-1674)
  • *:in a flame of zeal severe
  • *(Alexander Pope) (1688-1744)
  • *:where flames refin'd in breasts seraphic glow
  • *(Coleridge)
  • Derived terms

    * aflame * flame-arc lamp * flame bait * flame carbon * flame cell * flame gun * flame nettle * flame of the forest * flame-out, flameout * flameproof * flame-retardant * flame spread * flame test * flame-thrower * flame tree * flame war * go up in flames * inflame * old flame * Taiwan flamecrest

    Verb

    (flam)
  • To produce flames; to burn with a flame or blaze.
  • * Shakespeare
  • The main blaze of it is past, but a small thing would make it flame again.
  • To burst forth like flame; to break out in violence of passion; to be kindled with zeal or ardour.
  • * Macaulay
  • He flamed with indignation.
  • (Internet, ambitransitive) To post a destructively critical or abusive message (to somebody).
  • I flamed him for spamming in my favourite newsgroup.

    Derived terms

    * flamer * flaming

    Adjective

    (-)
  • Of a brilliant reddish orange-gold colour, like that of a flame.
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