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spark

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noun \ˈspärk\

Definition of spark

  1. 1a :  a small particle of a burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion or remaining when combustion is nearly completedb :  a hot glowing particle struck from a larger mass; especially :  one heated by friction

  2. 2a :  a luminous disruptive electrical discharge of very short duration between two conductors separated by a gas (as air)b :  the discharge in a spark plugc :  the mechanism controlling the discharge in a spark plug

  3. 3 :  sparkle, flash

  4. 4 :  something that sets off a sudden force <provided the spark that helped the team to rally>

  5. 5 :  a latent particle capable of growth or developing :  germ <still retains a spark of decency>

  6. 6 plural but sing in constr :  a radio operator on a ship



Origin of spark

Middle English sparke, from Old English spearca; akin to Middle Dutch sparke spark and perhaps to Latin spargere to scatter


First Known Use: before 12th century

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spark

verb

Definition of spark

  • intransitive verb
    1. 1a :  to throw out sparksb :  to flash or fall like sparks

    2. 2 :  to produce sparks; specifically :  to have the electric ignition working

    3. 3 :  to respond with enthusiasm

    4. transitive verb
    5. 1 :  to set off in a burst of activity :  activate <the question sparked a lively discussion> —often used with off

    6. 2 :  to stir to activity :  incite <sparked her team to victory>

    spark·er noun


    13th Century

    First Known Use of spark

    13th century


    3

    spark

    noun

    Definition of spark

    1. 1 :  a foppish young man

    2. 2 :  lover, beau

    spark·ish play \ˈspär-kish\ adjective


    Origin of spark

    perhaps from 1spark


    First Known Use: circa 1600


    4

    spark

    verb

    Definition of spark

    1. :  woo, court

    spark·er noun


    1787

    First Known Use of spark

    1787


    Spark

    play
    biographical name \ˈspärk\

    Definition of Spark

    1. Dame Muriel (Sarah) 1918–2006 née Camberg British writer






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