Gust vs Flare - What's the difference?

gust | flare |

As nouns the difference between gust and flare

is that gust is pleasure while 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.

As a verb flare is

to blaze brightly.



Etymology 1

Apparently from (etyl) gustr , though not recorded before Shakespeare.


(en noun)
  • A strong, abrupt rush of wind.
  • Any rush or outburst (of water, emotion etc.).
  • (Francis Bacon)
    * windflaw


    (en verb)
  • To blow in gusts.
  • Etymology 2

    From (etyl) gustus ‘taste’. For the verb, compare (etyl) (lena) gustare, (etyl) gustare, (etyl) gustar.


  • (archaic) The physiological faculty of taste.
  • Relish, enjoyment, appreciation.
  • * Jeremy Taylor
  • An ox will relish the tender flesh of kids with as much gust and appetite.
  • * Alexander Pope
  • Destroy all creatures for thy sport or gust.
  • * 1942': ‘Yes, indeed,’ said Sava with solemn '''gust . — Rebecca West, ''Black Lamb and Grey Falcon (Canongate 2006, p. 1050)
  • Intellectual taste; fancy.
  • * Dryden
  • A choice of it may be made according to the gust and manner of the ancients.


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To taste.
  • (obsolete) To have a relish for.
  • Anagrams

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    (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


  • 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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