- The definition of a spark is a small burst of fire that comes off of a main fire, a person with a fiery personality, or the small seeds of some intense feeling or emotion.
- An example of a spark is a small fiery ball that comes off of a wood burning fire, lands on the floor and goes out.
- An example of a spark is a young lively child.
- An example of a spark is when you begin to feel a little bit curious about something.
- To spark is to emit little electrical currents or signals, or to emit little bursts of fire or light.
An example of spark is when a broken extension cord has little bursts of electricity coming out of the broken wires.
- a glowing bit of matter, esp. one thrown off by a fire
- any flash or sparkle of light like this
- a tiny beginning or vestige, as of life, interest, excitement, etc.; particle or trace
- liveliness; vivacity
- a very brief flash of light accompanying an electric discharge through air or some other insulating material, as between the electrodes of a spark plug
- such a discharge
- ☆ Slang a ship's radio operator
Origin: Middle English sperke from Old English spearca, akin to Middle Dutch sparke from Indo-European base an unverified form sp(h)er(e)-g-, to strew, sprinkle from source sprinkle, Classical Latin spargere
- to make or throw off sparks
- to come forth as or like sparks
- to produce the sparks properly: said of the spark plug in an internal combustion engine
- sparker noun
- a dashing, gallant young man
- a beau or lover
Origin: ON sparkr, lively: for Indo-European base see spark
- sparker noun
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- An incandescent particle, especially:a. One thrown off from a burning substance.b. One resulting from friction.c. One remaining in an otherwise extinguished fire; an ember.
- A glistening particle, as of metal.
- a. A flash of light, especially a flash produced by electric discharge.b. A short pulse or flow of electric current.
- A trace or suggestion, as:a. A quality or feeling with latent potential; a seed or germ: the spark of genius.b. A vital, animating, or activating factor: the spark of revolution.
- sparks (used with a sing. verb) Informal A radio operator aboard a ship.
- Electricity a. The luminous phenomenon resulting from a disruptive discharge through an insulating material.b. The discharge itself.
- To give off sparks.
- To give an enthusiastic response.
- To operate correctly. Used of the ignition system of an internal-combustion engine.
- To set in motion; activate: The incident sparked a controversy.
- To rouse to action; spur: A cheering crowd sparked the runner to triumph.
Origin: Middle English sparke, from Old English spearca. V., from Middle English sparken, from Old English spearcian.
- sparkˈer noun
- An elegantly dressed, highly self-conscious young man.
- A male suitor; a beau.
Origin: Perhaps of Scandinavian origin or from spark1.
- sparkˈer noun
, Dame Muriel Sarah 1918-2006.