What does the word flare mean?

Usage examples for flare

  1. A flare of light appeared on the top of the drill. – Anchorite by Randall Garrett
  2. A light behind her threw a flare on the urchin's quivering face. – Maggie: A Girl of the Streets by Stephen Crane
  3. Dusk had about given place to night, although in the west a broad flare of golden sky showed bright behind dark mountains. – The Rustlers of Pecos County by Zane Grey