spark plug


Definition of spark plug

1 : a part that fits into the cylinder head of an internal combustion engine and carries two electrodes separated by an air gap across which the current from the ignition system discharges to form the spark for combustion
2 : one that initiates or gives impetus to an undertaking

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Other Words from spark plug

sparkplug \ ˈspärk-​ˌpləg How to pronounce sparkplug (audio) \ transitive verb

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This is his battlefield against cogwheels, fan belts, carburetors and radiators, spark plugs, and batteries. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 In most cases, the metal is melted using an electrical arc, like in spark plugs. Nicholas Wicks, Popular Mechanics, "Tool Test: What's the Best Entry-Level Welder?," 23 Dec. 2017 There also is a pretty simple explanation of how the spark plug ended up inside the formation. Erik Lacitis, The Seattle Times, "Proof of alien visitors? Artifact from an ancient civilization? The truth is out there — in Seattle," 1 Dec. 2018 But the Supreme Court hasn’t adjudicated a vertical merger since 1972 when a majority blocked Ford’s acquisition of a spark plug manufacturer. The Editorial Board, WSJ, "Trump’s Merger Appeal to Obama," 13 July 2018 Aside from a new gas tank, spark plugs, wires, fuel pump, fuel filter, air filter and fuel sending unit, the car is all-original and the replaced parts have been preserved and are included with the sale. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "1987 Buick Grand National parked since 1991 up for auction with 74 miles on it," 25 Sep. 2018 Clarkson is an offensive spark plug, averaging 14.5 points and 1.3 three-pointers per game this season. Mike Barner,, "Fantasy Fallout of the Wild NBA Trade Deadline," 9 Feb. 2018 The senior guard hasn't been at 100% while dealing with a turf toe injury, but he's been a warrior and the spark plug during the Red Raiders' advancement. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament Sweet 16: Most important players for every March Madness team," 20 Mar. 2018 Shane Victorino, a Rule 5 draft pick who became the spark plug of a World Series champion, plans to retire next month after signing a one-day contract with the Phillies. Matt Breen,, "Shane Victorino to sign one-day contract, retire as a Phillie in August celebration," 3 July 2018

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First Known Use of spark plug

1903, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of spark plug was in 1903

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English Language Learners Definition of spark plug

: a part of an engine that produces a spark that makes the fuel burn

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Kids Definition of spark plug

: a device used in an engine to produce a spark that ignites a fuel mixture

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