- 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.
Origin of spark1
OTHER WORDS FROM sparksparkless, adjectivespark·less·ly, adverbsparklike, adjective
Words nearby spark
Other definitions for spark (2 of 3)
Origin of spark2
OTHER WORDS FROM sparksparkish, adjectivespark·ish·ly, adverbspark·ish·ness, nounsparklike, adjective
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How to use spark in a sentence
Junior forward Jairus Hamilton had another solid evening, giving Maryland an offensive spark off the bench.Maryland, led by its junior guards, completes a two-game sweep of Nebraska|Emily Giambalvo|February 18, 2021|Washington Post
Gloves must insulate against the heat, sparks, radiation, and electricity from welding.Welding gloves to keep you safe and comfortable on the job|PopSci Commerce Team|February 9, 2021|Popular-Science
What’s different today is that the spark is the leadership of the President of the United States.The Republican Party Has Distanced Itself From The Capitol Riot. But Local GOP Officials Fueled Supporters' Rage Ahead of Jan. 6|Madeleine Carlisle|January 15, 2021|Time
All are needed, fueled by the joy that innovators experience with the spark of novel ideas, and the desire to bring them to life.
The pace of the vaccine rollout remains closely watched, and any positive news on this front could put a spark back into equity markets.Wall Street retreats from record highs amid virus, political uncertainty|Taylor Telford|January 11, 2021|Washington Post
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|Arthur Chu|December 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Cory Booker|November 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
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|Alex Suskind|November 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their aim was to make beautiful art—and hopefully spark a conversation.Anatomy of a Drone Porn: ‘Drone Boning’ Makes Sex Look Like Art|Aurora Snow|November 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Very trim and strong, and confident he looked, with the glow of youth in his cheeks, and the spark of happiness in his gray eyes.The Bondboy|George W. (George Washington) Ogden
If ever a spark of feeling for her husband arose within Maude's heart, it was when she thought of Anne Ashton.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
We passed beyond spark-range and splashed out on a sand-bar that jutted from the southern bank.Raw Gold|Bertrand W. Sinclair
Now listen to me, said the dying woman, aloud, as if making a great effort to revive one latent spark of energy.Oliver Twist, Vol. II (of 3)|Charles Dickens
Gradually, however, the spark grew to a burning mass, which created the draught of air that fanned it.The Garret and the Garden|R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for spark (1 of 3)
- 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
Word Origin for spark
British Dictionary definitions for spark (2 of 3)
Derived forms of sparksparkish, adjective
Word Origin for spark
British Dictionary definitions for spark (3 of 3)
Other Idioms and Phrases with spark
see make the sparks fly.