- to issue in or as if in little sparks, as fire or light: The candlelight sparkled in the crystal.
- to emit little sparks, as burning matter: The flames leaped and sparkled.
- to shine or glisten with little gleams of light, as a brilliant gem; glitter; coruscate.
- to effervesce, as wine.
- to be brilliant, lively, or vivacious.
- to cause to sparkle: moonlight sparkling the water; pleasure sparkling her eyes.
- a little spark or fiery particle.
- a sparkling appearance, luster, or play of light: the sparkle of a diamond.
- brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity.
Origin of sparkle
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Examples from the Web for sparkling
All Champagne is sparkling wine but not all sparkling wine is Champagne.Champagne: You’re Drinking It All Wrong
December 20, 2014
Armed with a breakfast burrito and sparkling Mimosa, we strongly disagree.Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal
October 15, 2014
And he has remained perpetually ready for whatever else might arise, keeping his truck as sparkling as his persona.The President and the Tow Truck Driver
September 25, 2014
Her bones stick up from the ground, and water has sealed them with a sparkling calcite coating.The Cave Where Mayans Sacrificed Humans Is Open for Visitors
August 14, 2014
I opened my eyes as the screen brightened with waves of sparkling water.‘Tracing the Blue Light’: Read Chapter 1 of Eileen Cronin’s ‘Mermaid’
April 8, 2014
It really was her beautiful cross with the sparkling stones, and quite unharmed.Moni the Goat-Boy
Lemonade, made of sparkling spring water, was a common drink.
One cannot always be original and sparkling, and it is wiser not to try too persistently.Roden's Corner
Henry Seton Merriman
It mocked and jeered at them with sparkling waves of warmth.Slaves of Mercury
He made very light of a brace of partridges and a bottle of sparkling Moselle.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
- to issue or reflect or cause to issue or reflect bright points of light
- (intr) (of wine, mineral water, etc) to effervesce
- (intr) to be vivacious or witty
- a point of light, spark, or gleam
- vivacity or wit
Word Origin and History for sparkling
c.1200, frequentative verb form of Middle English sparke (see spark). Of wines, from early 15c. Related: Sparkled; sparkling.
early 14c., from sparkle (v.).