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spark

EnglishEdit

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PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Middle English sparke, sperke, from Old English spearca, from Proto-Germanic *sparkô, *sprakô (compare Dutch spark and sprank, Middle Low German sparke), from Proto-Indo-European *sp(h)er(e)g- (to strew, sprinkle) (compare Breton erc'h (snow), Latin spargere (to scatter, spread), sparsus (scattered), Lithuanian sprógti (to germinate), Ancient Greek [script needed] (spargân, to swell), Persian پراکن (parākan, scatter, spread), Avestan [script needed] (frasparega, branch, twig), Sanskrit [script needed] (Parjanva, rain, rain god)).

NounEdit

spark (plural sparks)

  1. A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
  2. A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
  3. A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
  4. (figuratively) A small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
    • Shakespeare
      if any spark of life be yet remaining
    • John Locke
      We have here and there a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge.
    • 2013, Phil McNulty, "[1]", BBC Sport, 1 September 2013:
      Everton's Marouane Fellaini looks one certain arrival but Moyes, who also saw United held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, needs even more of a spark in a midfield that looked laboured by this team's standards.
  5. (in plural sparks but treated as a singular) A ship's radio operator.
  6. (UK, slang) An electrician.
SynonymsEdit
  • (small particle of glowing matter; ember): gnast
  • (small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater): beginnings, germ, glimmer
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TranslationsEdit

VerbEdit

spark (third-person singular simple present sparks, present participle sparking, simple past and past participle sparked)

  1. (transitive) To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
    • 2012 May 5, Phil McNulty, “Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool”, BBC Sport:
      The introduction of substitute Andy Carroll sparked Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back just after the hour - and thought he had equalised as Kenny Dalglish's side laid siege to Chelsea's goal in the closing stages.
  2. (intransitive) To give off a spark or sparks.
Derived termsEdit

Etymology 2Edit

probably Scandinavian, akin to Old Norse sparkr 'sprightly'

NounEdit

spark (plural sparks)

  1. A gallant, a foppish young man.
    • Prior
      The finest sparks and cleanest beaux.
  2. A beau, lover.

VerbEdit

spark (third-person singular simple present sparks, present participle sparking, simple past and past participle sparked)

  1. To woo, court.

Derived termsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • Webster's Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary, Springfield, Massachusetts, G.&C. Merriam Co., 1967

AnagramsEdit


DanishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old Norse spark, verbal noun to sparka (to kick).

PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /spark/, [sb̥ɑːɡ̊]

NounEdit

spark n (singular definite sparket, plural indefinite spark)

  1. kick

InflectionEdit

VerbEdit

spark

  1. Imperative of sparke.

FaroeseEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

spark n (genitive singular sparks, plural spørk)

  1. kick

DeclensionEdit

n5 Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative spark sparkið spørk spørkini
Accusative spark sparkið spørk spørkini
Dative sparki sparkinum spørkum spørkunum
Genitive sparks sparksins sparka sparkanna

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IcelandicEdit

EtymologyEdit

From sparka (to kick).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

spark n (genitive singular sparks, nominative plural spörk)

  1. kick

DeclensionEdit


Norwegian BokmålEdit

NounEdit

spark n (definite singular sparket, indefinite plural spark, definite plural sparka or sparkene)

  1. a kick (with a foot)

Derived termsEdit


Norwegian NynorskEdit

NounEdit

spark n (definite singular sparket, indefinite plural spark, definite plural sparka)

  1. a kick (with a foot)

Derived termsEdit


SwedishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From sparka (to kick).

NounEdit

spark c

  1. kick

DeclensionEdit