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Princeton's WordNet

  1. flicker, spark, glintnoun

    a momentary flash of light

  2. sparkle, twinkle, spark, lightnoun

    merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

    "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"

  3. discharge, spark, arc, electric arc, electric dischargenoun

    electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

  4. sparknoun

    a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger

    "a spark of interest"; "a spark of decency"

  5. Spark, Muriel Spark, Dame Muriel Spark, Muriel Sarah Sparknoun

    Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)

  6. sparkverb

    a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction

  7. trip, actuate, trigger, activate, set off, spark off, spark, trigger off, touch offverb

    put in motion or move to act

    "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits"

  8. spark, sparkleverb

    emit or produce sparks

    "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. SPARKnoun

    Etymology: spearca , Saxon; sparke, Dutch.

    If any marvel how a thing, in itself so weak, could import any great danger, they must consider not so much how small the spark is that flieth up, as how apt things about it are to take fire. Richard Hooker.

    I am about to weep; but thinking that
    We are a queen, my drops of tears I’ll turn
    To sparks of fire. William Shakespeare.

    I was not forgetful of the sparks which some mens distempers formerly studied to kindle in parliaments. Charles I .

    In this deep quiet, from what source unknown,
    Those seeds of fire that fatal birth disclose:
    And first, few scatt’ring sparks about were blown,
    Big with the flames that to our ruin rose. Dryden.

    Oh, may some spark of your celestial fire
    The last, the meanest of your sons inspire. Alexander Pope.

    We have, here and there, a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge. John Locke.

    If any spark of life be yet remaining,
    Down, down to hell, and say, I sent thee thither. William Shakespeare.

    How many huffing sparks have we seen, that in the same day have been both the idols and the scorn of the same slaves? Roger L'Estrange.

    A spark like thee, of the mankilling trade
    Fell sick. Dryden.

    As for the disputes of sharpers, we don’t read of any provisions made for the honours of such sparks. Collier.

    The finest sparks, and cleanest beaux
    Drip from the shoulders to the toes. Matthew Prior.

    I who have been the poet’s spark to day,
    Will now become the champion of his play. George Granville.

    Unlucky as Fungoso in the play,
    These sparks with aukward vanity display
    What the fine gentlemen wore yesterday. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Sparkverb

    To emit particles of fire; to sparkle. Not in use.

    Etymology: from the noun.

    Fair is my love,
    When the rose in her cheek appears,
    Or in her eyes the fire of love doth spark. Edmund Spenser.


  1. Spark

    Spark is a song performed by Scottish singer Amy MacDonald. The song is her second single released from her album A Curious Thing and was released in the UK on 10 May 2010. The song has charted in Austria, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland, however it was the first time a single failed to chart in the UK.


  1. spark

    A spark is a small particle or bit that is emitted as a result of a reaction, often a burning or combustion reaction. It usually refers to a glowing particle or piece that is hot and gives off light and heat. In a metaphorical sense, a spark can also refer to a catalyst or stimulus that triggers a reaction or inspires something. In the context of big data, Spark is the name of an open-source, distributed computing system.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sparknoun

    a small particle of fire or ignited substance which is emitted by a body in combustion

  2. Sparknoun

    a small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle

  3. Sparknoun

    that which, like a spark, may be kindled into a flame, or into action; a feeble germ; an elementary principle

  4. Sparknoun

    a brisk, showy, gay man

  5. Sparknoun

    a lover; a gallant; a beau

  6. Sparkverb

    to sparkle

  7. Sparkverb

    to play the spark, beau, or lover

  8. Etymology: [OE. sparke, AS. spearca; akin to D. spark, sperk; cf. Icel. spraka to crackle, Lith. spragti, Gr. a bursting with a noise, Skr. sphrj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. Speak.]


  1. Spark

    Within the narrative of the fictional Transformers universe, a spark, also called an AllSpark, is usually the "soul" of a Transformer. In the Beast Machines television series, it was also a term used for the Transformers' afterlife. In the Transformers 2007 live action film, it is a cube-shaped artifact adorned with glyphs and designs which is capable of granting independent life to normal electronic and mechanical objects and is the source of life for all Transformers. In the Transformers Animated series, it shares a similar history and capabilities with its 2007 film counterpart, but resembles the Autobot Matrix of Leadership. Usually, the Allspark is the main source of Energon, the "life-blood" of the Transformers race and "blood" of Primus. Energon is usually stored in devices caled Energon cubes. These devices are used by characters in the series, usually by the Decepticons, the main antagonists of the series. In the "Shattered Glass" universe, where the Decepticons are good and the Autobots are evil, the Transformers possess "embers" instead of sparks.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Spark

    spärk, n. a small ignited particle shot off from a burning body: any small shining body or light: a small portion of anything active or vivid: a gay sprightly person, a lover, a beau.—v.i. to emit sparks: to play the gallant.—adj. Spark′ish, gay, jaunty, showy. [A.S. spearca, a spark; Dut. spark.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. SPARK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Spark is ranked #45347 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Spark surname appeared 472 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Spark.

    84.1% or 397 total occurrences were White.
    9.5% or 45 total occurrences were Black.
    4% or 19 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    1.4% or 7 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of spark in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of spark in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of spark in a Sentence

  1. Michael McCarthy:

    If we see a (PMI) number well under 49.5, it might spark further stimulus speculation and that might end up being supportive.

  2. Oakland Raiders:

    He did a great job and gave us a spark taking the ball 90 yards, We finally came out and put the game together and finished the way we’re supposed to.

  3. Jacinda Ardern:

    The GCSB have raised concerns, that is in the public domain, they have gone back to Spark with those concerns, now the ball is in Spark's court, that is literally where the process sits.

  4. Kenny Ausubel:

    Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another.

  5. Devin Allen:

    [It was] a spark. A new spark, a new light, a new set of eyes that my work has been directed through following this story. Not just the story of Freddie Gray, but the story of Baltimore also.

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