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sparkle

[spahr-kuh l] /ˈspɑr kəl/
verb (used without object), sparkled, sparkling.
1.
to issue in or as if in little sparks, as fire or light:
The candlelight sparkled in the crystal.
2.
to emit little sparks, as burning matter:
The flames leaped and sparkled.
3.
to shine or glisten with little gleams of light, as a brilliant gem; glitter; coruscate.
4.
to effervesce, as wine.
5.
to be brilliant, lively, or vivacious.
verb (used with object), sparkled, sparkling.
6.
to cause to sparkle:
moonlight sparkling the water; pleasure sparkling her eyes.
noun
7.
a little spark or fiery particle.
8.
a sparkling appearance, luster, or play of light:
the sparkle of a diamond.
9.
brilliance, liveliness, or vivacity.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English (noun and v.); see spark1, -le
Related forms
nonsparkling, adjective
outsparkle, verb (used with object), outsparkled, outsparkling.
unsparkling, adjective
Synonyms
3. See glisten. 8. glitter.
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  • His works abound with knowledge, and sparkle with illustrations.
  • Yet is there certainly no general diminution of sparkle or interest-Times.
  • Their eyes began to sparkle, and their ugly faces to brighten, with an expression of strange pleasure.
  • He knows the sparkle of the true stone, and puts it in high place, wherever he finds it.
  • The water, however, continued to gush and sparkle into the sunbeams as cheerfully as ever.
  • His honest eyes fire up, and sparkle, as if their depths were stirred by something bright.
  • Then notice how the soothing palette mimics the sparkle and cool, watery blue of a swimming pool or water feature.
  • Medium- to coarse-grain adds sparkle and crunch to bread doughs and roasted meat and fish.
  • Lemon tarts sparkle from every pastry shop window, but tarts with sparkle that's more than glaze-deep are rare.
British Dictionary definitions for sparkle

sparkle

/ˈspɑːkəl/
verb
1.
to issue or reflect or cause to issue or reflect bright points of light
2.
(intransitive) (of wine, mineral water, etc) to effervesce
3.
(intransitive) to be vivacious or witty
noun
4.
a point of light, spark, or gleam
5.
vivacity or wit
Word Origin
C12 sparklen, frequentative of sparken to spark1
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Word Origin and History for sparkle
v.

c.1200, frequentative verb form of Middle English sparke (see spark). Of wines, from early 15c. Related: Sparkled; sparkling.

n.

early 14c., from sparkle (v.).

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