Meaning of SPARK in English
/ spɑːk; NAmE spɑːrk/ noun , verb
[ 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.
[ 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.
[ C , usually sing. ] spark of sth a small amount of a particular quality or feeling
SYN glimmer :
a spark of hope
[ 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.
[ C ] an action or event that causes sth important to develop, especially trouble or violence :
the sparks of revolution
[ C , usually pl. ] feelings of anger or excitement between people :
Sparks flew at the meeting (= there was a lot of argument) .
see bright adjective
[ 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.
[ v ] to produce small flashes of fire or electricity :
a sparking, crackling fire
( figurative )
The game suddenly sparked to life.
- spark up sth
Old English spærca , spearca , of unknown origin.
Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary. Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне. 2005