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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 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


First Known Use: before 12th century

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spark

verb

Definition of spark

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to throw out sparksb :  to flash or fall like sparks

  3. 2 :  to produce sparks; specifically :  to have the electric ignition working

  4. 3 :  to respond with enthusiasm

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to set off in a burst of activity :  activate <the question sparked a lively discussion> —often used with off

  7. 2 :  to stir to activity :  incite <sparked her team to victory>

sparker

noun

13th Century

First Known Use of spark

13th century


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spark

noun

Definition of spark

  1. 1 :  a foppish young man

  2. 2 :  lover, beau

sparkish

play \ˈspär-kish\ adjective

Origin and Etymology of spark

perhaps from 1spark


First Known Use: circa 1600


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spark

verb

Definition of spark

  1. :  woo, court

sparker

noun

1787

First Known Use of spark

1787


Spark

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biographical name \ˈspärk\

Definition of Spark

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



SPARK Defined for Kids

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spark

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noun \ˈspärk\

Definition of spark for Students

  1. 1 :  a small bit of burning material <Sparks flew from a fire.>

  2. 2 :  a hot glowing bit struck from a mass (as by steel on flint)

  3. 3 :  a short bright flash of electricity between two points

  4. 4 :  2sparkle 1

  5. 5 :  1trace 2 <He showed a spark of interest.>


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spark

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verb

Definition of spark for Students

sparked

sparking

  1. 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. 2 :  to set off <The question sparked a discussion.>



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