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Spark

[spahrk] /spɑrk/
noun
1.
Muriel (Sarah) (Camberg) 1918–2006, British novelist and writer, born in Scotland.
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British Dictionary definitions for m spark

spark1

/spɑːk/
noun
1.
a fiery particle thrown out or left by burning material or caused by the friction of two hard surfaces
2.
  1. a momentary flash of light accompanied by a sharp crackling noise, produced by a sudden electrical discharge through the air or some other insulating medium between two points
  2. the electrical discharge itself
  3. (as modifier): a spark gap
3.
anything that serves to animate, kindle, or excite
4.
a trace or hint: she doesn't show a spark of interest
5.
vivacity, enthusiasm, or humour
6.
a small piece of diamond, as used in the cutting of glass
verb
7.
(intransitive) to give off sparks
8.
(intransitive) (of the sparking plug or ignition system of an internal-combustion engine) to produce a spark
9.
(transitive) often foll by off. to kindle, excite, or animate
See also spark off, sparks
Word Origin
Old English spearca; related to Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, Lettish spirgsti cinders, Latin spargere to strew

spark2

/spɑːk/
noun (rare)
1.
a fashionable or gallant young man
2.
(Brit) generally (ironic) bright spark, a person who appears clever or witty: some bright spark left the papers next to the open window
verb
3.
(rare) to woo (a person)
Derived Forms
sparkish, adjective
Word Origin
C16 (in the sense: beautiful or witty woman): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sparkr vivacious

Spark

/spɑːk/
noun
1.
Dame Muriel (Sarah). 1918–2006, British novelist and writer; her novels include Memento Mori (1959), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Takeover (1976), A Far Cry from Kensington (1988), Symposium (1990), and The Finishing School (2004)
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Word Origin and History for m spark

spark

n.

Old English spearca, from Proto-Germanic *spark- (cf. Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, not found in other Germanic languages). Electrical sense dates from 1748. Slang sense of "a gallant, a beau, a lover" (c.1600) is perhaps a figurative use, but also perhaps from cognate Old Norse sparkr "lively." Spark plug first recorded 1903 (sparking plug is from 1902); figurative sense of "one who initiates or is a driving force in some activity" is from 1941.

v.

c.1300, from spark (n.). Slang meaning "stimulate, to trigger" first attested 1912. Related: Sparked; sparking.

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Slang definitions & phrases for m spark

spark

verb

To initiate and stimulate; trigger: Willy Mays sparked an eighth inning Giant drive by stealing second (1912+)


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Idioms and Phrases with m spark

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