Meaning of SPARK in English


I. spark 1 /spɑːk $ spɑːrk/ BrE AmE noun

[ Language: Old English ; Origin: spearca ]

1 . FIRE [countable] a very small piece of burning material produced by a fire or by hitting or rubbing two hard objects together:

sparks from the fire

The scrape of metal on metal sent up a shower of sparks.

2 . ELECTRICITY [countable] a flash of light caused by electricity passing across a space:

electric sparks from a broken wire

3 . spark of interest/excitement/anger etc a small amount of a feeling or quality:

Rachel looked at her and felt a spark of hope.

4 . CAUSE [countable] a small action or event that causes something to happen, especially trouble or violence:

The judge’s verdict provided the spark for the riots.

Interest rate cuts were the spark the market needed.

5 . INTELLIGENCE/ENERGY [uncountable] a quality of intelligence or energy that makes someone successful or fun to be with:

She was tired, and lacked her usual spark.

McKellen’s performance gives the play its spark of life (=quality of energy) .

6 . sparks [plural] anger or angry arguments:

The sparks were really flying (=people were arguing angrily) at the meeting!

⇨ bright spark at ↑ bright (10)

II. spark 2 BrE AmE verb

1 . [transitive] ( also spark something ↔ off ) to be the cause of something, especially trouble or violence SYN provoke :

The police response sparked outrage in the community.

A discarded cigarette sparked a small brush fire.

2 . spark sb’s interest/hope/curiosity etc to make someone feel interested, hopeful etc:

topics that spark children’s imaginations

3 . [intransitive] to produce sparks of fire or electricity

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