Meaning of SPARK in English

SPARK

I. noun

COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES

a spark of originality (= a small amount of originality )

The show at least has a spark of originality, something that most TV programs seem to lack.

cause/provoke/spark unrest

The introduction of new working practices provoked severe industrial unrest.

lead to/spark (off) protests (= cause them )

The arrests sparked off violent street protests.

provoke/spark a demonstration (= cause it )

The incident sparked a demonstration of 2,000 people.

provoke/spark off an incident (= cause it to happen suddenly )

It is claimed that the police provoked the incident.

provoke/spark/raise a storm (= make it start )

This decision provoked a storm of protest from civil rights organizations.

provoke/spark/trigger debate (= cause a debate to start )

The episode provoked fierce debate about freedom of speech.

shower of sparks

Peter kicked the fire and sent up a shower of sparks .

spark off a riot (= make it start )

The incident sparked off a riot which lasted for three days.

spark (off) controversy (= cause it )

The new rules are likely to spark more controversy.

spark plug

sparking plug

trigger/spark a boom (= start it )

The lower interest rates triggered an economic boom.

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADJECTIVE

bright

Here, some bright spark thought Windsor Castle was on fire and called the fire brigade!

Quo and Maiden are in the lead but a few bright sparks voted for Saxon.

Some academics try to counteract this trend by trying to identify the bright sparks and arrange special seminars for them.

The growers appeared to be facing ruin until one bright spark hit on an idea.

She watched the bright spark of the spear approaching, and felt nothing but a dull kind of relief.

I should have realised that genius, as some bright spark in the office said, has a lot to do with genes.

Too many bright sparks have been lost to Britain in the past.

It didn't take long for some bright spark to try out the Doom Diver Catapult in a battle.

tiny

But as she looked at him, a tiny spark of anger flared within her.

They came to life with fury, throwing tiny sparks and sinking into red rigidity under the Pyrex laboratory flask.

The cable fizzed and crackled against the wet earth, glittering with tiny blue sparks .

She sat crumbling pastry in her pink gloves and the wind blew ash and tiny sparks from her cigarette.

A tiny spark for a vast conflagration.

Again, the tiny spark blinked out.

Begun the hatred that swelled the tiny spark of life that had escaped from the meteorite and become the Worm?

■ VERB

ignite

The preacher's trust ignited a spark inside of me.

A house in Azusa was charred to a shell after a tree fell across power lines and ignited sparks on the roof.

lack

Uninteresting and uninterested, goes the myth, they lack creative spark and entrepreneurial vision.

There is much of interest here, but the performance lacks a certain spark .

strike

It struck sparks , flint against steel, from the bright fighting trim of his mercenaries.

Hennepin and La Salle, whose subsequent westward expedition he was to join, struck sparks off one another from the outset.

It must crash and strike sparks above them.

It is inevitable that a campaign that strikes few sparks be followed by a lackluster swearing-in.

We sparkled with energy, but I struck few sparks .

PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

bright spark

Here, some bright spark thought Windsor Castle was on fire and called the fire brigade!

I should have realised that genius, as some bright spark in the office said, has a lot to do with genes.

It didn't take long for some bright spark to try out the Doom Diver Catapult in a battle.

Quo and Maiden are in the lead but a few bright sparks voted for Saxon.

She watched the bright spark of the spear approaching, and felt nothing but a dull kind of relief.

Some academics try to counteract this trend by trying to identify the bright sparks and arrange special seminars for them.

The growers appeared to be facing ruin until one bright spark hit on an idea.

Too many bright sparks have been lost to Britain in the past.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

A spark created by loose wires was the cause of the explosion.

A single spark could set the whole hillside on fire.

Jim is a really nice guy, but there's just no spark .

Tax cuts could be the spark for the troubled economy.

Turner provided the team the spark they needed in the second half.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

Even so, the game does have that spark of playability.

Hennepin and La Salle, whose subsequent westward expedition he was to join, struck sparks off one another from the outset.

If that spark is to grow, wood must be added to make the flame grow bigger.

Rather than perfection, Anderson seeks the spark usually delivered on the first two takes of a song.

Such is the spark of creativity generated by the presence of a member of the executive committee demanding to be asked questions.

Torrents of sparks cascaded behind them into the harbor.

When the spark died, the economy declined, and so did the quality of art.

II. verb

COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS

■ ADVERB

off

Their keen intellects and powerful personalities could spark off more than just brilliant ideas at times.

An incautious word, I felt, could spark off resentment.

The Confessor's death in January 1066 sparked off a crisis.

Unofficial reports said that the incident might have been sparked off by a dispute over permission to build a mosque.

Most new users remark on this-and the fact that email often seems to spark off a surprising intimacy.

The murder could have been sparked off by a minor row leading to a slap or punch.

It was this which sparked off the strike.

■ NOUN

controversy

But his romance with Karen has sparked controversy .

Independent councillor Derek McVickers sparked controversy when he said he understood Albert Dryden's frustration at planning decisions.

crisis

The Confessor's death in January 1066 sparked off a crisis .

If team performances slumped, as they did in 1910-11, attendances fell disastrously, sparking off a financial crisis .

debate

This idea sparked off a debate that still continues.

The arrival of the census form routinely sparks a bad-tempered debate about intrusiveness and unreasonable authority.

It also sparked debate over the treatment of animals in science.

The report sparked the first nationwide debate over whether low-calorie dieting was now outmoded.

The controversies surrounding severe mental handicap which began in the early 1980s sparked off a national debate which continues today.

The painting sparked a debate that finally led to Gross appearing in court last March.

Attrition rates, for tanks and aircraft increased greatly, sparking off a debate about the implication of the new technologies.

Putnam's article sparked enormous debate and soul-searching.

fire

The explosion sparked a fire which caused serious damage to their flat above a shop in Pensby, Wirral.

The California Department of Forestry said the crash sparked a small brush fire that was quickly extinguished.

And the freak conditions sparking these fires have been replicated this year all over the country.

The reality is, black R &038; B and blues was the instigator that sparked this whole fire .

interest

Catch their interest and spark their enthusiasm so that they begin to see the product's potential.

Low interest rates tend to spark economic growth, which ultimately causes interest rates to rise again.

His renewed interest sparked a Christmas morning argument.

We were praying that the interest would be sparked .

Interests Most of us recognize the power of our interests to spark efficient learning.

protest

A shift of power curbing the influence of town halls would spark a storm of protest around the country.

The move had sparked violent protests among students, parents and teachers, resulting in seven injuries and ten arrests.

Le Pen sparked protests when he recently flew to Britain at the invitation of the right-wing Western Goals group.

He sparked furious protests when he awarded the visitors a free kick for offside.

rally

The action sparked a rally in bond prices and the Dow Jones closed 14.96 up at 2597.13..

On Wall Street, across-the-board buying in the oil sector sparked a rally .

reaction

But the prospect of having to foot another bill for Aryanised assets has sparked some ugly reactions .

His answer sparked a chain reaction that led, almost forty years after the article was published, to the Macintosh computer.

A spokesman said controversial stories about top people normally sparked a lot of reaction .

It was frustration which sparked Foster's amazing reaction at Old Trafford last Thursday.

That act, after all the histrionics from his team-mates in this series, sparked off an ugly reaction .

riot

The acquittal, however, did not spark riots , as had the King case.

row

He then sparked off a row by suggesting that floating voters should stay in bed on polling day.

This sparked a row with his parents and he stormed out of their home and drove off.

war

With the migrations sparked by the war , Watts became a primarily black city.

If Nintendo prices the 64-bit machine even more aggressively, it could spark a war that would benefit consumers.

EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES

Faulty wiring could have sparked the explosion.

The shootings have sparked a national debate over gun control.

USC was sparked by the aggressive play of Rich Jackson.

EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS

But a visit to a local physician for a routine checkup sparked a new focus for her creative talents.

Catch their interest and spark their enthusiasm so that they begin to see the product's potential.

Héloïse thought that perhaps it was Mr Farraline's interest in Sophie which had sparked it all off.

It had been his lips - her lips for him - that had sparked the sudden flame.

That experience sparked a gathering of works by more than 200 artists exploring the human experience of death and loss.

The chain of events I sparked off nearly led to my untimely demise.

The Confessor's death in January 1066 sparked off a crisis.

The controversies surrounding severe mental handicap which began in the early 1980s sparked off a national debate which continues today.

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