- A little spark; a scintillation.
- As sparkles from the anvil rise, / When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed.
- The shock was sufficiently strong to strike out some sparkles of his fiery temper.
- Brilliance; luster.
- the sparkle of a diamond
- Liveliness; vivacity.
- the sparkle of his conversation over dinner
- The quality of being sparkling or fizzy; effervescence.
- Italian: scintillio, sfavillio, effervescenza (vino)
- Portuguese: cintilação
- Russian: и́скорка
- Spanish: destello, chispa
- German: Funkeln, Glitzern
- Italian: lustro, splendore
- Portuguese: brilho
- Russian: сверка́ние
- Spanish: brillo, lustre
sparkle (sparkles, present participle sparkling; past and past participle sparkled)
- (intransitive) To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles
- The wood was sparkling in the bonfire.
- (by extension) To shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle
- The stars sparkle in the sky.
- A mantelet upon his shoulder hanging Bretful of rubies red, as fire sparkling.
- (intransitive) To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
- 1634, John Milton, “Arcades”, in Poems of Mr. John Milton, […] , London: Printed by Ruth Raworth for Humphrey Moſely, […], published 1645, OCLC 606951673 ↗:
- I see bright honour sparkle through your eyes.
- (intransitive) To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce
- sparkling wine
- sparkling water
- (transitive) To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
- Did sparkle forth great light.
- (transitive, obsolete) To disperse.
- The Landgrave hath sparkled his army without any further enterprise.
- (transitive, obsolete) To scatter on or over.
- French: luire