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sparkle

[spahr-kuh l]
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verb (used without object), spar·kled, spar·kling.
  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.
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verb (used with object), spar·kled, spar·kling.
  1. to cause to sparkle: moonlight sparkling the water; pleasure sparkling her eyes.
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noun
  1. a little spark or fiery particle.
  2. a sparkling appearance, luster, or play of light: the sparkle of a diamond.
  3. brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity.
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Origin of sparkle

1150–1200; Middle English (noun and v.); see spark1, -le
Related formsnon·spar·kling, adjectiveout·spar·kle, verb (used with object), out·spar·kled, out·spar·kling.un·spark·ling, adjective

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3. See glisten. 8. glitter.
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  • It really was her beautiful cross with the sparkling stones, and quite unharmed.

    Moni the Goat-Boy

    Johanna Spyri

  • 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

    Nat Schachner

  • He made very light of a brace of partridges and a bottle of sparkling Moselle.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon


British Dictionary definitions for sparkling

sparkle

verb
  1. to issue or reflect or cause to issue or reflect bright points of light
  2. (intr) (of wine, mineral water, etc) to effervesce
  3. (intr) to be vivacious or witty
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noun
  1. a point of light, spark, or gleam
  2. vivacity or wit
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Word Origin

C12 sparklen, frequentative of sparken to spark 1
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Word Origin and History for sparkling

sparkle

v.

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

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sparkle

n.

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

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