Definitions for: Spark


[n] brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"
[n] a momentary flash of light
[n] a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction
[n] Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)
[n] electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
[n] a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger; "a spark of interest"; "a spark of decency"
[v] put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"
[v] emit or produce sparks; "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark"



Webster (1913) Definition: Spark, v. i. (Elec.)
To produce, or give off, sparks, as a dynamo at the
commutator when revolving under the collecting brushes.


Spark, n. [OE. sparke, AS. spearca; akin to D. spark,
sperk; cf. Icel. spraka to crackle, Lith. sprag["e]ti, Gr. ?
a bursting with a noise, Skr. sph?rj to crackle, to thunder.
Cf. Speak.]
1. A small particle of fire or ignited substance which is
emitted by a body in combustion.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward.
--Job v. 7.

2. A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.

3. That which, like a spark, may be kindled into a flame, or
into action; a feeble germ; an elementary principle. ``If
any spark of life be yet remaining.'' --Shak. ``Small
intellectual spark.'' --Macaulay. ``Vital spark of
heavenly flame.'' --Pope.

We have here and there a little clear light, some
sparks of bright knowledge. --Locke.

Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark.
--Wordsworth.

Spark arrester, a contrivance to prevent the escape of
sparks while it allows the passage of gas, -- chiefly used
in the smokestack of a wood-burning locomotive. Called
also spark consumer. [U.S.]


Spark, n. [Icel. sparkr lively, sprightly.]
1. A brisk, showy, gay man.

The finest sparks and cleanest beaux. --Prior.

2. A lover; a gallant; a beau.


Spark, v. i.
To sparkle. [Obs.] --Spenser.


Spark, v. i.
To play the spark, beau, or lover.

A sure sign that his master was courting, or, as it is
termed, sparking, within. --W. Irwing.

Synonyms: activate, actuate, arc, Dame Muriel Spark, discharge, electric arc, electric discharge, flicker, glint, light, Muriel Sarah Spark, Muriel Spark, set off, spark off, sparkle, sparkle, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip

See Also: aspect, author, brush discharge, come about, corona, corona discharge, corposant, electric glow, electrical conduction, emit, expression, face, facial expression, flash, flashover, fragment, give off, give out, go on, hap, happen, hint, initiate, look, occur, pass, pass off, pioneer, Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire, suggestion, take place, trace, verve, vitality, writer

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