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sparkle

[spahr-kuh l] /ˈspɑr kəl/
verb (used without object), sparkled, sparkling.
1.
to issue in or as if in little sparks, as fire or light:
The candlelight sparkled in the crystal.
2.
to emit little sparks, as burning matter:
The flames leaped and sparkled.
3.
to shine or glisten with little gleams of light, as a brilliant gem; glitter; coruscate.
4.
to effervesce, as wine.
5.
to be brilliant, lively, or vivacious.
verb (used with object), sparkled, sparkling.
6.
to cause to sparkle:
moonlight sparkling the water; pleasure sparkling her eyes.
noun
7.
a little spark or fiery particle.
8.
a sparkling appearance, luster, or play of light:
the sparkle of a diamond.
9.
brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity.
Origin of sparkle
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English (noun and v.); see spark1, -le
Related forms
nonsparkling, adjective
outsparkle, verb (used with object), outsparkled, outsparkling.
unsparkling, adjective
Synonyms
3. See glisten. 8. glitter.
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  • There was no sparkle of any kind on the lazy stream of his life.

    The Secret Agent Joseph Conrad
  • The color came into her cheeks at the memory, and a sparkle into her eyes.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • The glasses over his eyes seemed to sparkle as if with fire.

  • Athens,—except for that sparkle,—thy name, I had moldered to ash!

  • The fliers hung aimless overhead, no sparkle to their hulls.

    Slaves of Mercury Nat Schachner
British Dictionary definitions for sparkle

sparkle

/ˈspɑːkəl/
verb
1.
to issue or reflect or cause to issue or reflect bright points of light
2.
(intransitive) (of wine, mineral water, etc) to effervesce
3.
(intransitive) to be vivacious or witty
noun
4.
a point of light, spark, or gleam
5.
vivacity or wit
Word Origin
C12 sparklen, frequentative of sparken to spark1
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Word Origin and History for sparkle
v.

c.1200, frequentative verb form of Middle English sparke (see spark). Of wines, from early 15c. Related: Sparkled; sparkling.

n.

early 14c., from sparkle (v.).

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