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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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British Dictionary definitions for sparkling

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 sparkling

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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