- an ignited or fiery particle such as is thrown off by burning wood or produced by one hard body striking against another.
- Also called sparkover. Electricity.
- the light produced by a sudden discontinuous discharge of electricity through air or another dielectric.
- the discharge itself.
- any electric arc of relatively small energy content.
- the electric discharge produced by a spark plug in an internal-combustion engine.
- anything that activates or stimulates; inspiration or catalyst.
- a small amount or trace of something.
- a trace of life or vitality.
- sparks, (used with a singular verb) Slang. a radio operator on a ship or aircraft.
- (usually initial capital letter) a member of Camp Fire, Inc., who is five years of age.
- to emit or produce sparks.
- to issue as or like sparks.
- to send forth gleams or flashes.
- (of the ignition of an internal-combustion engine) to function correctly in producing sparks.
- to kindle, animate, or stimulate (interest, activity, spirit, etc.): These bright students have sparked her enthusiasm for teaching. The arrival of the piano player really sparked the party.
Origin of spark1
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- an elegant or foppish young man.
- a beau, lover, or suitor.
- a woman of outstanding beauty, charm, or wit.
- to woo; court.
- to engage in courtship; woo.
Origin of spark2
- Muriel (Sarah) (Camberg),1918–2006, British novelist and writer, born in Scotland.
Examples from the Web for spark
I love seeing memes take off and spark mutations and parodies and homages.Death of the Author by Viral Infection: In Defense of Taylor Swift, Digital Doomsayer
December 3, 2014
Our inner cities are stacks of dry leaves and lumber, waiting for a spark.‘Why Have I Lost Control?’: Cory Booker in ’92 on Rodney King Echoes Ferguson
November 26, 2014
Then, it was the arrest of a popular leader named Mullah Kareem without just cause that provided the spark.Heart of Darkness: Into Afghanistan’s Taliban Valley
Matt Trevithick, Daniel Seckman
November 15, 2014
You refer to a car accident you were in as a kind of spark for you to get back into acting.All Eyes on Anjelica Huston: The Legendary Actress on Love, Abuse, and Jack Nicholson
November 10, 2014
Does the fact that Cary is embroiled in all of this now spark any sort of crisis of conscience?‘The Good Wife’ Star Mike Colter Defends Lemond Bishop’s Killer Instincts
September 29, 2014
Dry and worm-eaten, a spark upon them became a smoulder, and a smoulder a blaze.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
When he heard the drums he flared up like a spark in the tinder.The Trail Book
Every spark of human feeling had evidently been stifled in him.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
The dark eyes of Antoun lit with a spark of surprise and laughter.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
This was his work, the spark he had kindled was being fanned into a steady blaze.Slaves of Mercury
- a fiery particle thrown out or left by burning material or caused by the friction of two hard surfaces
- a momentary flash of light accompanied by a sharp crackling noise, produced by a sudden electrical discharge through the air or some other insulating medium between two points
- the electrical discharge itself
- (as modifier)a spark gap
- anything that serves to animate, kindle, or excite
- a trace or hintshe doesn't show a spark of interest
- vivacity, enthusiasm, or humour
- a small piece of diamond, as used in the cutting of glass
- (intr) to give off sparks
- (intr) (of the sparking plug or ignition system of an internal-combustion engine) to produce a spark
- (tr often foll by off) to kindle, excite, or animate
- a fashionable or gallant young man
- bright spark British usually ironic a person who appears clever or wittysome bright spark left the papers next to the open window
- rare to woo (a person)
- Dame Muriel (Sarah). 1918–2006, British novelist and writer; her novels include Memento Mori (1959), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Takeover (1976), A Far Cry from Kensington (1988), Symposium (1990), and The Finishing School (2004)
Word Origin and History for spark
Old English spearca, from Proto-Germanic *spark- (cf. Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, not found in other Germanic languages). Electrical sense dates from 1748. Slang sense of "a gallant, a beau, a lover" (c.1600) is perhaps a figurative use, but also perhaps from cognate Old Norse sparkr "lively." Spark plug first recorded 1903 (sparking plug is from 1902); figurative sense of "one who initiates or is a driving force in some activity" is from 1941.
c.1300, from spark (n.). Slang meaning "stimulate, to trigger" first attested 1912. Related: Sparked; sparking.
Idioms and Phrases with spark
see make the sparks fly.