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1sparkle

verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\

: to produce small flashes of light

: to perform very well

: to be or become bright and lively

spar·kledspar·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SPARKLE

intransitive verb
1
a :  to throw out sparks
b :  to give off or reflect bright moving points of light
c :  to perform brilliantly
2
:  effervesce <wine that sparkles>
3
:  to become lively or animated <the dialogue sparkles with wit> <eyes sparkling with anger>
transitive verb
:  to cause to glitter or shine
spar·kly \-k(ə-)lē\ adjective
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Examples of SPARKLE

  1. The dancers sparkled on stage.
  2. Her eyes sparkled with pride.

Origin of SPARKLE

Middle English, frequentative of sparken to spark
First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of SPARKLE

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light <lightning flashed>. gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background <lights gleamed in the valley>. glint implies a cold glancing light <glinting steel>. sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light <the sparkling waters>. glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming <glittering diamonds>. glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface <glistening wet sidewalk>. glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam <a distant glimmering light>. shimmer means shining with a wavering light <a shimmering satin dress>.

Rhymes with SPARKLE

2sparkle

noun

: a small flash of bright light

: a lively quality

Full Definition of SPARKLE

1
:  a little spark :  scintillation
2
:  the quality of sparkling
3
a :  animation, liveliness
b :  the quality or state of being effervescent

Examples of SPARKLE

  1. The sun reflected off the water in bright sparkles of light.
  2. He caught the sparkle of her diamond out of the corner of his eye.
  3. a performance full of sparkle and originality
  4. the sparkle in her eyes

Origin of SPARKLE

Middle English, diminutive of sparke
First Known Use: 14th century
SPARKLING Defined for Kids

1sparkle

verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\
spar·kledspar·kling

Definition of SPARKLE for Kids

1
:  to give off small flashes of light <The diamond sparkled.>
2
:  to be lively or bright <The conversation sparkled.> <His eyes sparkled.>

2sparkle

noun

Definition of SPARKLE for Kids

1
:  a little flash of light <sparkles of red light>
2
:  the quality of being bright or giving off small flashes of light <the sparkle of a diamond> <the sparkle of her eyes>

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