- Jar·ed [jair-id] /ˈdʒɛər ɪd/, 1789–1866, U.S. historian and editor.
- a city in W Nevada, E of Reno.
- 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
Examples from the Web for sparks
Pleasure shoots magically in every direction like an explosion of sparks.‘A Gronking to Remember’ Speed Read: 8 Naughtiest Bits
January 7, 2015
His hunger strike in December 2011 received nation-wide recognition and was one of the sparks that ignited the protest movement.Behind Bars for the Holidays: 11 Political Prisoners We Want to See Free In 2015
December 25, 2014
It sparks a comedic crisis of cultural conscience, which will presumably play out across the series.‘black-ish’ Is the New ‘Modern Family’
October 1, 2014
But to persist, to endure, to put your will toward a dream that sparks you, is to live large.From Havana to Hero: Diana Nyad’s 35-Year Quest
September 2, 2014
He loses consciousness on the street, falling to the ground “through a wilderness of spots and sparks.”Tim Winton's Beautiful, Baffling 'Eyrie'
August 18, 2014
It is a wonder that the sparks did not fly, the Devil struck so hard on the hot iron.Quaint Courtships
The grindstone was soon in motion; the sparks were flying off in showers.Barnaby Rudge
Wherever he has gone he has left some sparks of his own genial enthusiasm.
Then a shower of sparks rose high in the air and the conflagration subsided.The Downfall
You have blown out the sparks of love and kindliness, and have for ever robbed the Universe.The Burning Spear
- an electrician
- a radio officer, esp on a ship
- 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 sparks
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 sparks
see make the sparks fly.