m. sarah c. spark


Muriel (Sarah) (Camberg) 1918–2006, British novelist and writer, born in Scotland.
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spark1 (spɑːk)
1.  a fiery particle thrown out or left by burning material or caused by the friction of two hard surfaces
2.  a.  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
 b.  the electrical discharge itself
 c.  (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
vb (often foll by off)
7.  (intr) to give off sparks
8.  (intr) (of the sparking plug or ignition system of an internal-combustion engine) to produce a spark
9.  to kindle, excite, or animate
[Old English spearca; related to Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, Lettish spirgsti cinders, Latin spargere to strew]

spark2 (spɑːk)
1.  a fashionable or gallant young man
2.  ironic usually (Brit) bright spark a person who appears clever or witty: some bright spark left the papers next to the open window
3.  rare to woo (a person)
[C16 (in the sense: beautiful or witty woman): perhaps of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse sparkr vivacious]

Spark (spɑːk)
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 & History

O.E. spearca, from P.Gmc. *spark- (cf. M.L.G. sparke, M.Du. spranke, not found in other Gmc. languages). Electrical sense dates from 1748. Slang sense of "a gallant, a beau, a lover" (c.1600) is perhaps a fig. use, but also perhaps from cognate O.N. sparkr "lively." The verb is attested from c.1300;
the slang meaning "stimulate, to trigger" first attested 1912. Spark plug first recorded 1903 (sparking plug is from 1902); fig. sense of "one who initiates or is a driving force in some activity" is from 1941.
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