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1 a momentary flash of light [syn: flicker, glint]
2 brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye" [syn: sparkle, light]
3 electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field [syn: discharge, arc, electric arc, electric discharge]
4 a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger; "a spark of interest"; "a spark of decency"
5 Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918) [syn: Muriel Spark, Dame Muriel Spark, Muriel Sarah Spark]
6 a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction


1 put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits" [syn: trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, trigger off, touch off]
2 emit or produce sparks; "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark" [syn: sparkle]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /spɑː(r)k/, /spA:(r)k/,
  • Rhymes with: -ɑː(r)k


Etymology 1


  1. A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
  2. A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
  3. A small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
  4. (in plural sparks but treated as a singular) A ship's radio operator.
particle of glowing matter
burst of electrical discharge
figurative: small amount of something, which has the potential to become something greater
informal: ship's radio operator


  1. To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
  2. To give off a spark or sparks.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

probably Scandinavian, akin to sparkr 'sprightly'


  1. gallant, a foppish young man
  2. beau, lover


  1. to woo, court

Derived terms


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Extensive Definition

A Spark is a small airborne ember or particle of glowing, hot metal.
Spark may also refer to:
In science:
In computer sciences:
In computer games:
In music:
In corporate usage:
  • Spark Infrastructure, an investor in Australian infrastructure assets
  • Spark, an open source, cross-platform instant messaging client optimized for businesses and organizations
In websites:
In fiction:
Spark is the name of:

See also

spark in Czech: Spark
spark in Dutch: Spark
spark in Japanese: スパーク
spark in Polish: Iskra (ujednoznacznienie)

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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