from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To stare fixedly and angrily. See Synonyms at gaze.
  • intransitive v. To shine intensely and blindingly: A hot sun glared down on the desert.
  • intransitive v. To be conspicuous; stand out obtrusively: The headline glared from the page.
  • transitive v. To express by staring angrily: He glared his disapproval.
  • n. A fierce or angry stare.
  • n. An intense, blinding light.
  • n. Garish or showy brilliance; gaudiness.
  • n. A sheet or surface of glassy and very slippery ice.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An intense, blinding light.
  • n. Showy brilliance; gaudiness.
  • n. An angry or fierce stare.
  • n. A call collision; when an incoming call occurs at the same time of an outgoing call.
  • v. To stare angrily.
  • v. To shine brightly.
  • adj. smooth and bright or translucent; glary

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Smooth and bright or translucent; -- used almost exclusively of ice.
  • n. A bright, dazzling light; splendor that dazzles the eyes; a confusing and bewildering light.
  • n. A fierce, piercing look or stare.
  • n. A viscous, transparent substance. See Glair.
  • n. A smooth, bright, glassy surface.
  • intransitive v. To shine with a bright, dazzling light.
  • intransitive v. To look with fierce, piercing eyes; to stare earnestly, angrily, or fiercely.
  • intransitive v. To be bright and intense, as certain colors; to be ostentatiously splendid or gay.
  • transitive v. To shoot out, or emit, as a dazzling light.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To shine with a strong, bright, dazzling light; be intensely or excessively bright.
  • To look with a fierce and piercing stare.
  • To be intensely or excessively bright in color; be too brilliantly ornamented; be ostentatiously splendid.
  • Synonyms Glare, Glisten, Scintillate, Glister, Glitter, Gleam, Sparkle, Coruscate, Glimmer, Flicker. Glare indicates a steady, dazzling, or painful excess of light; glisten is a popular word, while scintillate is the exact or formal word, for a light that is unequal or is slightly interrupted: as, glistening eyes, dew, stars; scintillating stars. Scintillate is also used for the throwing off of sparkles: as, the scintillating iron at the forge. Glisten represents a softer, and glitter a harder, light than glister, glitter implying a cold, metallic ray: as, glittering bayonets: “all is not gold that glitters.” Gleam stands for a small but generally steady and pleasant light, a long ray: as, the light gleamed through the keyhole; hope gleamed upon him. Sparkle represents a hard light that seems to be emitted irregularly in ignited particles or visible parts: as, sparkling diamonds, eyes, wit. Coruscate expresses a rapid throwing off of vivid or brilliant flashes of light, as in the aurora borealis or by a revolving piece of fireworks. Glimmer represents a faint and unsteady light: as, stars glimmering through the mist. Flicker goes further, and suggests, as glimmer does not, a probable extinction of the light: as, a flickering taper. See flame, n., and radiance.
  • To shoot out or emit, as a dazzling light.
  • Smooth; slippery; transparent; glassy.
  • Another spelling of glair.
  • n. A strong, bright, dazzling light; clear, brilliant luster or splendor that dazzles the eyes; especially, a confusing and bewildering light.
  • n. A fierce, piercing look.
  • n. A stretch of ice; an icy condition.
  • n. Synonyms Flare, etc. See flame, n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a light within the field of vision that is brighter than the brightness to which the eyes are adapted
  • v. be sharply reflected
  • n. an angry stare
  • n. a focus of public attention
  • v. look at with a fixed gaze
  • v. shine intensely


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Middle English glaren, to glitter; akin to Middle Low German glaren, to glisten; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
Probably from glare1.



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