flare vs irrupt what difference

what is difference between flare and irrupt



Origin unknown, first recorded in the mid 16th century, probably related to Latin flagrō (I burn). Norwegian flara (to blaze; to flaunt in gaudy attire) has a similar meaning, but the English word predates it. Possibly related to Middle High German vlederen (to flutter), represented by modern German flattern.

The noun is derived from the verb.


  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /flɛə̯/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /flɛɚ̯/
  • Rhymes: -ɛə(ɹ)
  • Homophone: flair


flare (plural flares)

  1. A sudden bright light.
  2. A source of brightly burning light or intense heat.
    1. A type of pyrotechnic that produces a brilliant light without an explosion, used to attract attention in an emergency, to illuminate an area, or as a decoy.
    2. (oil industry) A flame produced by a burn-off of waste gas (flare gas) from a flare tower (or flare stack), typically at an oil refinery.
  3. (figuratively) A sudden eruption or outbreak; a flare-up.
  4. A widening of an object with an otherwise roughly constant width.
  5. (in the plural) Bell-bottom trousers.
  6. (aviation) The transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
  7. (baseball) A low fly ball that is hit in the region between the infielders and the outfielders.
    Synonyms: blooper, Texas leaguer
  8. (American football) A route run by the running back, releasing toward the sideline and then slightly arcing upfield looking for a short pass.
  9. (photography) Short for lens flare.
  10. An inflammation such as of tendons (tendonitis) or joints (osteoarthritis).
    Synonym: flare-up
  11. A breakdance move of someone helicoptering his torso on alternating arms.


  • (pyrotechnic): Bengal light, fusee (colored flare used as a warning on a railroad) (US), parachute flare, Very light

Derived terms



flare (third-person singular simple present flares, present participle flaring, simple past and past participle flared)

  1. (transitive) To cause to burn.
  2. (transitive) To cause inflammation; to inflame.
  3. (transitive, intransitive) To open outward in shape.
  4. (transitive, intransitive, aviation) To (operate an aircraft to) transition from downward flight to level flight just before landing.
  5. (intransitive) To blaze brightly.
  6. (intransitive) To shine out with a sudden and unsteady light; to emit a dazzling or painfully bright light.
  7. (intransitive, figuratively) To shine out with gaudy colours; to be offensively bright or showy.
  8. (intransitive, figuratively) To suddenly happen or intensify.
    Synonym: flare up
  9. (intransitive, figuratively) To suddenly erupt in anger.
    Synonym: flare up
  10. (intransitive, obsolete) To be exposed to too much light.


Derived terms



  • flare in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • flare at OneLook Dictionary Search

Further reading

  • flare on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • gas flare on Wikipedia.Wikipedia


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  • Hyphenation: fla‧re



  1. (astronomy) solar flare



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  1. present active infinitive of flō
  2. second-person singular present passive imperative of flō
  3. second-person singular present passive indicative of flō



  • Rhymes: -ʌpt

Etymology 1

From Latin irruptus, past participle of irrumpō.


irrupt (third-person singular simple present irrupts, present participle irrupting, simple past and past participle irrupted)

  1. (transitive) To break into.
  2. (intransitive) To enter forcibly or uninvited.
  3. (intransitive) To rapidly increase or intensify.
Derived terms
  • irruptive
Related terms
  • irruption


Etymology 2



  1. Misspelling of erupt.

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