Meaning of SPARK in English

SPARK

/ spɑːk; NAmE spɑːrk/ noun , verb

■ noun

1.

[ C ] a very small burning piece of material that is produced by sth that is burning or by hitting two hard substances together :

A shower of sparks flew up the chimney.

2.

[ C ] a small flash of light produced by an electric current :

sparks from a faulty light switch

A spark ignites the fuel in a car engine.

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] spark of sth a small amount of a particular quality or feeling

SYN glimmer :

a spark of hope

4.

[ U , sing. ] a special quality of energy, intelligence or enthusiasm that makes sb very clever, amusing, etc. :

As a writer he seemed to lack creative spark.

5.

[ C ] an action or event that causes sth important to develop, especially trouble or violence :

the sparks of revolution

6.

[ C , usually pl. ] feelings of anger or excitement between people :

Sparks flew at the meeting (= there was a lot of argument) .

IDIOMS

see bright adjective

■ verb

1.

[ vn ] spark sth (off) to cause sth to start or develop, especially suddenly :

The proposal would spark a storm of protest around the country.

The riots were sparked off by the arrest of a local leader.

Winds brought down power lines, sparking a fire.

2.

[ v ] to produce small flashes of fire or electricity :

a sparking, crackling fire

( figurative )

The game suddenly sparked to life.

PHRASAL VERBS

- spark up sth

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English spærca , spearca , of unknown origin.

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.