spark
Pronunciation Noun

spark (plural sparks)

  1. A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
  2. A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
  3. A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
  4. (figuratively) A small amount of something, such as an idea or romantic affection, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
    • c. 1591–1592, William Shakespeare, “The Third Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act V, scene vi]:
      if any spark of life be yet remaining
    • 1689 (indicated as 1690), [John Locke], An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding. […], London: […] Thomas Basset, […], OCLC 153628242 ↗:
      , Book IV, Chapter XVII
      But though we have, here and there, a little of this clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "", BBC Sport, 1 September 2013:
      Everton's Marouane Fellaini looks one certain arrival but Moyes, who also saw United held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, needs even more of a spark in a midfield that looked laboured by this team's standards.
  5. Any of various lycaenid butterflies of the Indomalayan genus Sinthusa.
  6. (in plural sparks but treated as a singular) A ship's radio operator.
  7. (UK, slang) An electrician.
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  • Russian: (non-slang) эле́ктрик
Verb

spark (sparks, present participle sparking; past and past participle sparked)

  1. (transitive, figurative) To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
  2. (transitive) To light; to kindle.
    • , Alex Jenson, The Serotonin Grand Prix (page 12)
      Byron sparked the cigarette. He sucked it dramatically and thrust it into Marko's hand.
  3. (intransitive) To give off a spark or sparks.
  4. Appalachian To court.
    • On top of Old Smoky,
      All covered in snow,
      I lost my true lover
      By sparking too slow.
Translations Noun

spark (plural sparks)

  1. A gallant; a foppish young man.
    • The finest sparks and cleanest beaux.
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. In Six Volumes, volume (please specify ), London: Printed by A[ndrew] Millar, […], OCLC 928184292 ↗:
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      Jones had no sooner quitted the room, than the petty-fogger, in a whispering tone, asked Mrs Whitefield, “If she knew who that fine spark was?”
  2. A beau, lover.
Verb

spark (sparks, present participle sparking; past and past participle sparked)

  1. (intransitive) To woo, court; to act the gallant or beau.
Synonyms
Spark
Proper noun
  1. Surname



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