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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 of sparkle
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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  • But not a sparkle sparkled from the eyes of the Greek scholar.

    The Squirrel Inn Frank R. Stockton
  • The color came into her cheeks at the memory, and a sparkle into her eyes.

    Good Indian B. M. Bower
  • He saw it, and the sparkle of malice in his eyes flashed into sudden anger.

    The Bridge of the Gods Frederic Homer Balch
  • The glasses over his eyes seemed to sparkle as if with fire.

  • He was fascinated by the froth and sparkle of the gold rush, and viewed its life and movement with an artist's eye.

    Smoke Bellew Jack London
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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