Meaning of SPARK in English


I. ˈspärk, -pȧk noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English sperke, sparke, from Old English spearca, spærca; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German sparke spark, Latin spargere to scatter, strew, Greek spargan to swell, Sanskrit sphūrjati it bursts forth, appears


a. : a small particle of a burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion or remaining when combustion is nearly completed

sparks from a fire

b. : a hot glowing particle heated by friction and struck out at the impact of two hard objects (as flint and steel)


a. : a luminous disruptive electrical discharge of very short duration between two conductors separated by air or other gas

b. : a small arc of short duration (as often at dynamo brushes)

c. : the discharge in a spark plug

d. : the mechanism (as a button or lever) controlling the discharge in a spark plug


a. : a very small glittering body or surface or a transient flash of reflected light : sparkle

b. : a very small gem : sparkler ; specifically : diamond

4. : something that ignites or sets off an explosion, conflagration, or other manifestation of suddenly released force

spark that set off the rebellion

5. : a latent particle or vestige of some quality or capability having possibilities of growth or development : germ

discern the spark of promise … the barb of fruitful controversy — August Fruge

a spark of decency still remained in him

lacking the least spark of wit or grace

vital spark in a man that makes him an artist — Philip Mason

6. sparks plural but singular in construction : a radio operator on a ship

7. : spark transmitter

8. : a person interested in fires and fire fighting : buff 7a

9. : geranium lake 2

II. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

Etymology: Middle English sparken; akin to Middle Dutch & Middle Low German sparken to spark, sparkle, Old English spearca spark — more at spark I

intransitive verb


a. : to throw out sparks : sparkle

the damp wood crackled and sparked

her eyes sparking with fury

b. : to flash out or fall like sparks

fireflies sparking in the gathering darkness

2. : to produce sparks : convert electrical energy into light and heat by ionization of the air or gas that separates the electrodes (as of a dynamo or a spark plug)

3. : to respond with enthusiasm or ready acceptance

sparked to the idea of an early wedding date

transitive verb

1. : to set off in a burst of activity : activate

these kindred spirits, articulate men with hair-trigger minds, spark the president's thinking — Raymond Clapper

2. : to stir into intense or sustained activity : inspire with zeal and energy : incite , stimulate

a player sparks his team to victory

his hit sparked a rally that brought in four runs

the discovery sparked the police to fresh activity

3. chiefly Scotland : spatter , soil

III. adjective

Etymology: spark (I)

: of or relating to radio communication carried on with a spark transmitter

spark set

spark station

IV. noun

( -s )

Etymology: perhaps of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse sparkr lively, sprightly; perhaps akin to Old English spearca spark — more at spark

1. : a young, beautiful, witty woman


a. : a brisk showy gay man : blade , gallant

b. : a hot-tempered person

3. : lover , beau

V. verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

transitive verb

1. obsolete : show off — used with it

2. : woo , court

the railroad didn't pay him to spark a girl on its time — T.W.Duncan

intransitive verb

: to engage in courting : go together as sweethearts

Webster's New International English Dictionary.      Новый международный словарь английского языка Webster.