sparkle

[spahr-kuhl]
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; Middle English (noun and v.); see spark1, -le

nonsparkling, adjective
outsparkle, verb (used with object), outsparkled, outsparkling.
unsparkling, adjective


3. See glisten. 8. glitter.
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sparkle (ˈspɑːkəl)
 
vb
1.  to issue or reflect or cause to issue or reflect bright points of light
2.  (intr) (of wine, mineral water, etc) to effervesce
3.  (intr) to be vivacious or witty
 
n
4.  a point of light, spark, or gleam
5.  vivacity or wit
 
[C12 sparklen, frequentative of sparken to spark1]

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sparkle
c.1200, frequentative verb form of M.E. sparke (see spark). Of wines, from early 15c. The noun is first attested early 14c. Sparkler in the fireworks sense is from 1879.
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Example sentences
Bring peace of mind to the home by using natural, nontoxic ingredients to make
  windows sparkle and countertops shine.
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.
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