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spark at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


spark at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. spearca, from P.Gmc. *spark-. Electrical sense dates from 1748. The verb was in M.E.; the slang meaning "stimulate, to trigger" first attested 1912. ///

spark at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n ----------//
1 fire:
2 electricity:
3 spark of interest/excitement/anger etc:
4 cause:
5 intelligence/energy:
6 sparks: ----------// [Language: Old English; Origin: spearca]//
1 FIRE: [C] a very small piece of burning material produced by a fire or by hitting or rubbing two hard objects together// --sparks from the fire// --The scrape of metal on metal sent up a shower of sparks .//
2 ELECTRICITY: [C] a flash of light caused by electricity passing across a space// --electric sparks from a broken wire//
3 spark of interest/excitement/anger etc: a small amount of a feeling or quality// --Rachel looked at her and felt a spark of hope.//
4 CAUSE: [C] a small action or event that causes something to happen, especially trouble or violence// --The judge's verdict provided the spark for the riots.// --Interest rate cuts were the spark the market needed.//
5 INTELLIGENCE/ENERGY: [U] a quality of intelligence or energy that makes someone successful or fun to be with// --She was tired, and lacked her usual spark.// --McKellan's performance gives the play its spark of life (=quality of energy) .//
6 sparks [plural] anger or angry arguments: --The sparks were really flying (=people were arguing angrily) at the meeting!// bright spark at bright(10)//
spark 2 v
1 [T] also spark sth → off : to be the cause of something, especially trouble or violence// provoke// --The police response sparked outrage in the community.// --A discarded cigarette sparked a small brush fire.//
2 spark sb's interest/hope/curiosity etc: to make someone feel interested, hopeful etc// --topics that spark children's imaginations//
3 [I] to produce sparks of fire or electricity:

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spark at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

217 Moby Thesaurus words for "spark":
AC arc, Beau Brummel, Poulsen arc, abettor, activate, actuate,
actuator, address, animate, animator, aperiodic discharge, arc,
arc column, arc discharge, atom, bake, be in heat, beau, begin,
blade, blaze, blink, blinking, blood, bloom, boil, boulevardier,
bring about, broil, brush discharge, bud, burn, cajoler, cast,
chase, choke, clotheshorse, coax, coaxer, combust, compel, cook,
coruscate, coruscation, court, coxcomb, dandy, dash, discharge,
disruptive discharge, dude, electric discharge, electric shock,
electric spark, electrify, electrodeless discharge, embryo,
encourager, energize, energizer, enkindle, esquire, excite,
exquisite, fashion plate, fine gentleman, fire, firefly, firer,
flame, flame up, flare, flare up, flicker, flush, follow, fop,
force, foster, fribble, fry, gadfly, gallant, galvanic shock,
galvanize, galvanizer, gasp, germ, gleam, glimmer, glimmering,
glint, glisk, glisten, glister, glitter, glittering, glow,
glow discharge, glowworm, hint, idea, ignite, impel, impeller,
incandesce, inducer, initiate, inspire, inspirer, inspirit,
intimation, iota, jack-a-dandy, jackanapes, kindle, lady-killer,
lay siege to, lick, light the fuse, look, macaroni, make suit to,
make up to, man-about-town, masher, motivate, move, move to action,
mover, moving spirit, nucleus, oscillatory discharge, pant, parch,
pay attention to, pay court to, persuader, pleader, precipitate,
prime mover, promote, prompter, propel, provoke, puppy, pursue,
radiate heat, roast, scald, scintilla, scintillate, scintillation,
scorch, seethe, serenade, set in motion, set off, shade, shadow,
shimmer, shimmer with heat, shimmering, shock, silent discharge,
simmer, sip, smack, smattering, smell, smolder, smother, soupcon,
spangle, spark gap, spark plug, sparker, sparkle, speck, sport,
sprinkling, squire, start up, steam, stew, stifle, stimulate,
stimulator, stroboscopic light, sue, suffocate, suggestion, sup,
suspicion, swain, sweat, sweetheart, swell, swelter, taste,
tempter, thought, tincture, tinge, tinsel, toast, touch, touch off,
trace, trigger, twinkle, twinkling, vestige, wheedler, whit, woo,

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spark at English => English (English Thesaurus) Of Explained:

[N] (Smallness): {Small thing}: atom, particle, molecule, corpuscle, point, speck, dot, mote, jot, iota, minutiae, details, look, thought, idea, soupcon, dab, whit, shade, shadow, spark, scintilla, gleam, touch, cast, grain, granule, globule, drop, droplet, sprinkling, dash, smack, tinge, inch, patch, mite, bit, morsel, crumb, seed, snip, snippet, snack, slip, chip, clipping, sliver, paring, shaving, hair, nutshell.

[N] (Light): luminary, light, flame, fire, spark, phosphorescence, fluorescence, incandescence, sun, star, orb, meteor.

spark at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, verb
1 [C] a very small burning piece of material that is produced by sth that is burning or by hitting two hard substances together:
A shower of sparks flew up the chimney. * A spark from the machinery had set fire to some material.
2 [C] a small flash of light produced by an electric current:
sparks from a faulty light switch * A spark ignites the fuel in a car engine.
3 [C, usually sing.] ~ of sth a small amount of a particular quality or feeling:
For a moment, she felt a spark of hope. * The woman's eyes still had a spark of life in them.
4 [U, sing.] a special quality of energy, intelligence or enthusiasm that makes sb very imaginative, amusing, etc:
As a writer he seemed to lack creative spark. * She was a real star. She had a certain spark-that something extra.
5 [C] an action or event that causes sth important to develop, especially trouble or violence:
These were the sparks of revolution.
6 [C, usually pl.] feelings of anger or excitement between people:
Sparks flew at the meeting (= there was a lot of argument). * She was suddenly aware of the romantic spark between them.
1 [VN] ~ sth (off) to cause sth to start or develop, especially suddenly:
The proposal would spark a storm of protest around the country. * The riots were sparked off by the arrest of a local leader. * Winds brought down power lines, sparking a fire. * The organizers are hoping to spark some interest in young people.
2 [V] to produce small flashes of fire or electricity:
a sparking, crackling fire * (figurative) The game suddenly sparked to life.

Spark at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Spark \Spark\, v. i. (Elec.)
To produce, or give off, sparks, as a dynamo at the
commutator when revolving under the collecting brushes.

Spark \Spark\, n. [Icel. sparkr lively, sprightly.]
1. A brisk, showy, gay man.

The finest sparks and cleanest beaux. --Prior.

2. A lover; a gallant; a beau.

Spark \Spark\, v. i.
To sparkle. [Obs.] --Spenser.

Spark \Spark\, v. i.
To play the spark, beau, or lover.

A sure sign that his master was courting, or, as it is
termed, sparking, within. --W. Irwing.

Spark \Spark\, n. [OE. sparke, AS. spearca; akin to D. spark,
sperk; cf. Icel. spraka to crackle, Lith. sprag["e]ti, Gr. ?
a bursting with a noise, Skr. sph?rj to crackle, to thunder.
Cf. {Speak}.]
1. A small particle of fire or ignited substance which is
emitted by a body in combustion.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
--Job v. 7.

2. A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.

3. That which, like a spark, may be kindled into a flame, or
into action; a feeble germ; an elementary principle. ``If
any spark of life be yet remaining.'' --Shak. ``Small
intellectual spark.'' --Macaulay. ``Vital spark of
heavenly flame.'' --Pope.

We have here and there a little clear light, some
sparks of bright knowledge. --Locke.

Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark.

{Spark arrester}, a contrivance to prevent the escape of
sparks while it allows the passage of gas, -- chiefly used
in the smokestack of a wood-burning locomotive. Called
also {spark consumer}. [U.S.]

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spark at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: a momentary flash of light [syn: {flicker}, {glint}]
2: brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle
in his eye" [syn: {sparkle}, {light}]
3: electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric
field [syn: {discharge}, {arc}, {electric arc}, {electric
4: a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might
become stronger; "a spark of interest"; "a spark of
5: Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918) [syn: {Muriel
Spark}, {Dame Muriel Spark}, {Muriel Sarah Spark}]
6: a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by
burning material or by friction

v 1: put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate
the circuits" [syn: {trip}, {actuate}, {trigger}, {activate},
{set off}, {spark off}, {trigger off}, {touch off}]
2: emit or produce sparks; "A high tension wire, brought down
by a storm, can continue to spark" [syn: {sparkle}]

spark at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedi » a


* Inter: enPR » spärk, Inter: IPA » /spɑː(r)k/, Inter: X-SAMPA » /spA:(r)k/
  • Inter: audio » en-us-spark.ogg|Audio (US)
  • Inter: rhymes » ɑː(r)k
  • Inter: homophones » SPARC

    Etymology 1

    Middle English Inter: term » sparke|lang=enm, Inter: term » sperke|lang=enm, from Old English Inter: term » spearca|lang=ang, from Inter: etyl » gem-pro|en Inter: recons » sparkōn|lang=gem-pro (cf. Dutch Inter: term » sprank|lang=nl, Middle Low German Inter: term » sparke|lang=gml), from Inter: etyl » ine-pro|en Inter: recons » sp(h)er(e)g-|lang=ine-pro 'to strew, sprinkle' (compare Breton Inter: term » erc'h|lang=br ‘snow’, Latin Inter: term » spargere|lang=la ‘to scatter, spread’, Inter: term » sparsus|lang=la ‘scattered’, Lithuanian Inter: term » sprógti|lang=lt ‘to germinate’, Ancient Greek Inter: term » |spargân ‘to swell’, Avestan Inter: term » frasparega|lang=ae ‘branch, twig’, Sanskrit Inter: term » |Parjanva ‘rain, rain god’).


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
    1. A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
    2. Inter: figurativel » y A small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
    3. (in plural sparks but treated as a singular) A ship's radio operator.
    4. Inter: UK » slang An electrician.
      * Inter: sense » small amount of something|such as an idea|that has the potential to become something greater beginnings, germ, glimmer
      Derived terms
      * sparkle

  • bright spark
  • spark arrester
  • spark coil
  • spark gap
  • spark knock
  • spark of life
  • spark plug
  • spark transmitter
  • sparks fly
    Inter: trans-top » particle of glowing matter
  • Afrikaans: Inter: t » af|vonk
  • Albanian: Inter: t- » sq|shkëndijë|f
  • Arabic: Inter: t- » ar|شرارة|f|tr=šarāra|sc=Arab
  • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|կայծ|tr=kayç
  • : Old Armenian: Inter: tø » xcl|կայծ|tr=kayc|sc=Armn, Inter: tø » xcl|կայծակն|tr=kaycakn|sc=Armn
  • Aromanian: Inter: t- » rup|scãntealje|f
  • Belarusian: Inter: t- » be|іскра|f|tr=ískra|sc=Cyrl
  • Bulgarian: Inter: t+ » bg|искра|f|tr=iskrá|sc=Cyrl
  • Catalan: Inter: t- » ca|espurna|f, Inter: t- » ca|guspira|f
  • Chinese:
  • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|火花|tr=huǒhuā|sc=Hani
  • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|jiskra|f
  • Danish: Inter: t- » da|gnist|c
  • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|vonk
  • Faroese: Inter: t- » fo|neisti|m
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kipinä
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|étincelle|f
  • Georgian: Inter: t- » ka|ნაპერწკალი|tr=naperckali|sc=Geor
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|Funke|m
  • Hungarian: Inter: t+ » hu|szikra
  • Icelandic: Inter: t+ » is|neisti|m
  • Ido: Inter: t+ » io|cintilo
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|scintilla|f
  • Japanese: Inter: t- » ja|火花|tr=ひばな, hibana|sc=Jpan
  • Korean: Inter: t+ » ko|불꽃|tr=bulkkot|sc=Kore
  • Kurdish:
  • : Sorani: Inter: ku-Arab » چه‌خماخه‌, Inter: ku-Arab » پڕشنگ

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Latgalian: Inter: tø » ltg|dzierksts, Inter: tø » ltg|spierksts
    • Latvian: Inter: t- » lv|dzirkstele
    • Lithuanian: Inter: t » lt|kibirkštis
    • Luxembourgish: Inter: t » lb|Fonk
    • Macedonian: Inter: t- » mk|искра|f|tr=ískra|sc=Cyrl
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: gnist {{m}}
    • : Nynorsk: gneiste {{m}}
    • Occitan: Inter: t+ » oc|beluga|f, Inter: t- » oc|scintila|f
    • Persian: Inter: t+ » fa|جرقه|tr=jeraqqe|sc=fa-Arab
    • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|iskra|f
    • Portuguese: Inter: t+ » pt|faísca|f
    • Romanian: Inter: t- » ro|scânteie
    • Romansch: Inter: t » rm|sbrinzel|m
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|искра|f|tr=ískra, iskrá
    • Sardinian: Inter: t- » sc|schinchidha|f, Inter: t- » sc|scincidha|f
    • Serbo-Croatian:
    • : Cyrillic: искра {{f}}, Inter: t- » sh|варница|f, Inter: t- » sh|жижица|f, Inter: t- » sh|жижа|f
    • : Roman: iskra {{f}}, varnica {{f}}, žižica {{f}}, žiža {{f}}
    • Slovak: Inter: t- » sk|iskra|f
    • Slovene: Inter: t+ » sl|iskra|f
    • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|chispa|f
    • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|gnista|c
    • Turkish: Inter: t » tr|kıvılcım
    • Ukrainian: Inter: t- » uk|іскра|f|tr=ískra|sc=Cyrl
    • Welsh: Inter: t » cy|gwreichionen|f

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » burst of electrical discharge
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|կայծ|tr=kayç
    • : Old Armenian: Inter: tø » xcl|կայծ|tr=kayc|sc=Armn, Inter: tø » xcl|կայծակն|tr=kaycakn|sc=Armn
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|火花|tr=huǒhuā|sc=Hani
    • Czech: Inter: t- » cs|jiskra|f
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|gnist|c
    • Dutch: Inter: t+ » nl|vonk
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kipinä
    • Norwegian:
    • : Bokmål: gnist {{m}}
    • : Nynorsk: gneiste {{m}}

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|искра|f|tr=ískra, iskrá
  • Serbo-Croatian:
  • : Cyrillic: искра {{f}}
  • : Roman: iskra {{f}}, varnica {{f}}
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|chispa|f
  • Swedish: Inter: t- » sv|gnista|c

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » figurative: small amount of something, which has the potential to become something greater
    • Chinese:
    • : Mandarin: Inter: t » cmn|微量|tr=wēiliàng|sc=Hani
    • Danish: Inter: t- » da|gnist|c

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Norwegian:
  • Bokmål: gnist {{m}}
  • Nynorsk: gneiste {{m}}

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » informal: ship's radio operator
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|ռադիստ|tr=ṙadist
    • Norwegian: Inter: t+ » no|gnist|m

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Russian: Inter: qualifier » non-slang Inter: t+ » ru|электрик|sc=Cyrl, Inter: t+ » ru|паяльник|sc=Cyrl Inter: qualifier » slang

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • Inter: transitiv » e To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
    1. Inter: quote-news »

    |date=May 5
    |author=Phil McNulty
    |title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
    |work=BBC Sport
    |passage=The introduction of substitute Andy Carroll sparked Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back just after the hour - and thought he had equalised as Kenny Dalglish's side laid siege to Chelsea's goal in the closing stages.
    1. Inter: intransitiv » e To give off a spark or sparks.
      Derived terms
      * spark off

  • sparkle

    Etymology 2

    probably Scandinavian, akin to Inter: etyl » non sparkr 'sprightly'


    Inter: en-nou » n

  • A gallant, a foppish young man.
    1. A beau, lover.


      Inter: en-ver » b

  • To woo, court.

    Derived terms

    * sparkish
    • sparker


      * Inter: R:Webster » s


      * parks



    From Inter: etyl » non|da Inter: term » spark|lang=non, verbal noun to Inter: term » sparka||to kick|lang=non.


    * Inter: IPA » /spark/|sb̥ɑːɡ̊|lang=da


    Inter: da-noun » et
  • kick


    Inter: da-noun-infl » et


    Inter: head » da|verb form

  • Inter: form of » imperative|sparke|lang=da

  • Faroese


    * Inter: IPA » spaɹ̥k|lang=fo


    spark {{n}}
  • kick


    Inter: fo-decl-noun-n5 » sp|a|rk|ø

    Derived terms

    * sparka (to kick)
    • brotsspark (penalty kick)
    • fríspark (free kick)
    • hornaspark (corner kick)
    • málspark (goal kick)
    • neyðspark (when forced to kick the ball off)

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    spark {{n}}
  • a kick

    Derived terms

    * sparka

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    Inter: sv-noun » g=c
  • a kick

    Derived terms

    * sparka


    Inter: sv-noun-reg-a » r

  • Translation: cs » spark
    Translation: de » spark
    Translation: et » spark
    Translation: el » spark
    Translation: eo » spark
    Translation: fa » spark
    Translation: fr » spark
    Translation: ko » spark
    Translation: io » spark
    Translation: is » spark
    Translation: it » spark
    Translation: kn » spark
    Translation: sw » spark
    Translation: li » spark
    Translation: hu » spark
    Translation: mg » spark
    Translation: ml » spark
    Translation: my » spark
    Translation: nl » spark
    Translation: pl » spark
    Translation: pt » spark
    Category: simple:spark -
    Translation: fi » spark
    Translation: sv » spark
    Translation: ta » spark
    Translation: te » spark
    Translation: vi » spark
    Translation: zh » spark