Meaning of SPARK in English

SPARK

~ 1

■ noun

1》 a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, alight in ashes, or produced by striking together two surfaces.

2》 a light produced by a sudden disruptive electrical discharge through the air.

↘a discharge such as this serving to ignite the explosive mixture in an internal-combustion engine.

3》 a small but concentrated amount or trace: a tiny ~ of anger.

↘a sense of liveliness and excitement.

■ verb

1》 emit ~s.

↘produce ~s at the point where an electric circuit is interrupted.

2》 ignite.

3》 (usu. ~ something off ) provide the stimulus for.

Phrases

~ out Brit. informal completely unconscious.

Derivatives

~less adjective

Origin

OE spærca , spearca , of unknown origin.

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~ 2

■ noun (in phr. bright ~ ) a lively person.

■ verb archaic engage in courtship.

Derivatives

~ish adjective

Origin

C16: prob. from ~ 1 .

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