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spark

noun \ ˈspärk \

Definition of spark

1 a :a small particle of a burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion or remaining when combustion is nearly completed
b :a hot glowing particle struck from a larger mass; especially :one heated by friction
2 a :a luminous disruptive electrical discharge of very short duration between two conductors separated by a gas (such as air)
b :the discharge in a spark plug
c :the mechanism controlling the discharge in a spark plug
4 :something that sets off a sudden force
  • provided the spark that helped the team to rally
5 :a latent particle capable of growth or developing :germ
  • still retains a spark of decency
6 sparks plural in form but singular in construction :a radio operator on a ship

Origin and Etymology of spark

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

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spark

verb

Definition of spark

intransitive verb
1 a :to throw out sparks
b :to flash or fall like sparks
2 :to produce sparks; specifically :to have the electric ignition working
3 :to respond with enthusiasm
transitive verb
1 :to set off in a burst of activity :activate
  • the question sparked a lively discussion
often used with off
2 :to stir to activity :incite
  • sparked her team to victory

sparker

noun

First Known Use of spark

13th century


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spark

noun

Definition of spark

1 :a foppish young man
2 :lover, beau

sparkish

play \ˈspär-kish\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of spark

perhaps from 1spark


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spark

verb

Definition of spark

sparker

noun

First Known Use of spark

1787


Spark

biographical name \ ˈspärk \

Definition of Spark

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


SPARK Defined for Kids

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spark

noun \ ˈspärk \

Definition of spark for Students

1 :a small bit of burning material
  • Sparks flew from a fire.
2 :a hot glowing bit struck from a mass (as by steel on flint)
3 :a short bright flash of electricity between two points
4 :2sparkle 1
5 :1trace 2
  • He showed a spark of interest.

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spark

verb

Definition of spark for Students

sparked; sparking
1 :to give off or cause to give off small bits of burning material or short bright flashes of electricity
  • The burning wood crackled and sparked.
  • The wires made contact and sparked.
2 :to set off
  • The question sparked a discussion.


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