spark

spark
spark1
noun
1》 a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, alight in ashes, or produced by striking together two surfaces.
2》 a light produced by a sudden disruptive electrical discharge through the air.
    ↘a discharge such as this serving to ignite the explosive mixture in an internal-combustion engine.
3》 a small but concentrated amount or trace: a tiny spark of anger.
    ↘a sense of liveliness and excitement.
verb
1》 emit sparks.
    ↘produce sparks at the point where an electric circuit is interrupted.
2》 ignite.
3》 (usu. spark something off) provide the stimulus for.
Phrases
spark out Brit. informal completely unconscious.
Derivatives
sparkless adjective
Origin
OE spærca, spearca, of unknown origin.
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spark2
noun (in phr. bright spark) a lively person.
verb archaic engage in courtship.
Derivatives
sparkish adjective
Origin
C16: prob. from spark1.

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