Other forms: glaring; glared; glares

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.

Definitions of glare
  1. verb
    be sharply reflected
    “The moon glared back at itself from the lake's surface”
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    type of:
    reflect, shine
    be bright by reflecting or casting light
  2. verb
    shine intensely
    “The sun glared down on us”
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    glare or strike with great intensity
    type of:
    beam, shine
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  3. noun
    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
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    type of:
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  4. verb
    look at with a fixed gaze
    synonyms: glower
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    type of:
    fixate one's eyes
  5. noun
    an angry stare
    synonyms: glower
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    type of:
    a fixed look with eyes open wide
  6. noun
    a focus of public attention
    “when Congress investigates it brings the full glare of publicity to the agency”
    synonyms: limelight, public eye, spotlight
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    type of:
    the state of being prominent: widely known or eminent




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