glare

When you drive, you pull down your visors to block the glare, or the blinding light from the sun. The "rocket's red glare" from the national anthem is the bright light you'd see as a rocket shoots through the sky.

Imagine the twinge of pain you get when you suddenly see the glare of a strong flash of bright light. Now imagine this light coming from an angry person's eyes towards you. This angry look is called a glare. If someone glares at you, be careful you don't get attacked! Glare can also mean the spotlight of public attention.

Primary Meanings of glare

1.
vn
be sharply reflected
a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted
2.
vn
look at with a fixed gaze
an angry stare
Full Definitions of glare
1

v be sharply reflected

“The moon glared back at itself from the lake's surface”
Type of:
reflect, shine
be bright by reflecting or casting light

v shine intensely

“The sun glared down on us”
Types:
beat
glare or strike with great intensity
Type of:
beam, shine
emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light

n a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted

“a glare of sunlight”
Synonyms:
blaze, brilliance
Type of:
brightness
the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
2

v look at with a fixed gaze

“The girl glared at the man who tried to make a pass at her”
Synonyms:
glower
Type of:
stare
fixate one's eyes

n an angry stare

Synonyms:
glower
Type of:
stare
a fixed look with eyes open wide

n a focus of public attention

“when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency”
Synonyms:
limelight, public eye, spotlight
Type of:
prominence
the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent

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