What does sparkle mean?

Definitions for sparkle
ˈspɑr kəlsparkle

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word sparkle.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. 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"

  2. glitter, sparkle, coruscationnoun

    the occurrence of a small flash or spark

  3. glitter, glister, glisten, scintillation, sparkleverb

    the quality of shining with a bright reflected light

  4. sparkle, scintillate, coruscateverb

    reflect brightly

    "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"

  5. sparkle, scintillate, coruscateverb

    be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity

    "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"

  6. spark, sparkleverb

    emit or produce sparks

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

  7. foam, froth, fizz, effervesce, sparkle, form bubblesverb

    become bubbly or frothy or foaming

    "The boiling soup was frothing"; "The river was foaming"; "Sparkling water"


  1. sparklenoun

    A little spark; a scintillation.

  2. sparklenoun

    Brilliance; luster

    the sparkle of a diamond.

  3. sparkleverb

    To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles; to shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle; as, the blazing wood sparkles; the stars sparkle.

  4. sparkleverb

    To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.

  5. sparkleverb

    To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.

  6. sparkleverb

    To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.

  7. sparkleverb

    To disperse.

  8. sparkleverb

    To scatter on or over.

  9. Etymology: from sparken + -le

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Sparklenoun

    Etymology: from spark.

    He with repeated strokes
    Of clashing flints, their hidden fires provokes;
    Short flame succeeds, a bed of wither’d leaves
    The dying sparkles in their fall receives:
    Caught into life, in fiery fumes they rise,
    And, fed with stronger food, invade the skies. Dryden.

    To detract from the dignity thereof, were to injure ev’n God himself, who being that light which none can approach unto, hath sent out these lights whereof we are capable, even as so many sparkles resembling the bright fountain from which they rise. Richard Hooker.

    When reason’s lamp, which, like the sun in sky,
    Throughout man’s little world her beams did spread,
    Is now become a sparkle which doth lie
    Under the ashes, half extinct and dead. Davies.

    Ah then! thy once lov’d Eloisa see!
    It will be then no crime to gaze on me.
    See from my cheek the transient roses die,
    See the last sparkle languish in my eye. Alexander Pope.

  2. To Sparkleverb

    Etymology: from the noun.

    The bold design
    Pleas’d highly those infernal states, and joy
    Sparkled in all their eyes. John Milton.

    A hair seen in a microscope loses its former colour, and is in a great measure pellucid, with a mixture of some bright sparkling colours, such as appear from the refraction of diamonds. John Locke.

    Politulus is a fine young gentleman, who sparkles in all the shining things of dress and equipage. Isaac Watts.



    Sparkle Computer Co., Ltd. (stylised as SPARKLE), is a Taiwanese electronics firm established in 1982, based in Taipei. The company currently specialises in manufacturing video cards using Nvidia graphics processing units, along with peripherals (fans and heatsinks) for graphics controllers.Sparkle is one of the few manufacturers of modern discrete video cards that still use the PCI bus, producing PCI versions of GeForce 8 Series and GeForce 9 Series based discrete graphics controllers, and more recently, GeForce 200 series and GeForce 600 series-based GPUs using the aforementioned interface.


  1. sparkle

    Sparkle refers to a bright, shimmering, often rapidly changing or flickering light. It can also refer to vivacity and liveliness in a performance or in someone's eyes. In a broader sense, it could also mean a small amount or particle of a glittering substance or a special quality that adds excitement or interest.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Sparklenoun

    a little spark; a scintillation

  2. Sparklenoun

    brilliancy; luster; as, the sparkle of a diamond

  3. Sparklenoun

    to emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles; to shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle; as, the blazing wood sparkles; the stars sparkle

  4. Sparklenoun

    to manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash

  5. Sparklenoun

    to emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine

  6. Sparkleverb

    to emit in the form or likeness of sparks

  7. Sparkleverb

    to disperse

  8. Sparkleverb

    to scatter on or over

  9. Etymology: [Dim. of spark.]


  1. Sparkle

    Sparkle is a 1976 American film directed by Sam O'Steen and released by Warner Bros. Pictures. Inspired by The Supremes, Sparkle is a period film set in Harlem, New York during the late 1950s and early 1960s which follows the rough lives and careers of singer Sparkle Williams and her family and friends. The film stars Philip Michael Thomas, Irene Cara, Lonette McKee, Dwan Smith, Mary Alice, Dorian Harewood, and Tony King. Curtis Mayfield served as the composer and producer of Sparkle's songs and score.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Sparkle

    spärk′l, n. a little spark: lustre, brilliance: the presence of carbon dioxide, as in a wine, causing effervescence: the emission of sparks.—v.i. to emit sparks: to shine, glitter: to effervesce with glittering bubbles, or to contain much carbon dioxide, as certain wines.—v.t. to throw out sparklingly.—n. Spark′ler, one who, or that which, sparkles.—adj. Spark′less, not giving out sparks.—adv. Spark′lessly.—n. Spark′let, a small spark.—adj. Spark′ling, giving out sparks: glittering: brilliant: lively.—adv. Spark′lingly, in a sparkling manner: with vivid and twinkling lustre.—n. Spark′lingness, the quality of being sparkling: vivid and twinkling lustre. [A freq. of spark.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of sparkle in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of sparkle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of sparkle in a Sentence

  1. Simone Weil:

    History is a tissue of base and cruel acts in the midst of which a few drops of purity sparkle at long intervals.

  2. Richard Simmons:

    No one should be worried about me, Simmons said. The people that surround me are wonderful people who take great care of me. WATCH: The Real Reason Richard Simmons Has Been in Hiding For Nearly a Year On Saturday, the New York Daily News published a long report citing on and off the record sources who expressed concern for Simmons' well-being. Simmons called the report very hurtful. I love all the people who worry about me, Simmons said. But it was time for me to take some time to be by myself. For the last 40 years I have been traveling, teaching classes, and I had a knee injury, so I had a knee replacement, which was very difficult for me… I have really just been taking it easy, staying at home, working out in my gym and doing the things I haven't done in a very long time. According to Simmons, he's been keeping in shape despite concern that he might need another knee replacement. In response to speculation he has avoided going out because he has gained weight, Simmons said, I still weigh 150. I work out every day. I have a gym at the house, and I am very healthy. Simmons was last photographed in January 2014 by TMZ. In November 2014, reports of Simmons' knee injury surfaced. Simmons took to Facebook then to thank his fans for their outpouring of love and concern. I have had a tough time dealing with this injury, as it is keeping me from doing what I truly love to do and that is to teach classes around the world, he wrote. Make sure you keep Sweatin'! NEWS: Richard Simmons Feels for Miley Cyrus The Sweatin' to the Oldies creator made his last public appearance in December 13, 2013, at SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert at ACME Comedy in Los Angeles. This is how I want to live my life right now.

  3. David Fitzpatrick:

    He's just a wonderful dog and he's made correctly. He has showmanship, he fits the breed standard. He has that little extra something, that little sparkle that sets a dog apart.

  4. John Surtees:

    He's very interested in the past, and the cars and the motorcycles. He's a great enthusiast, but there was something missing from him this last year, the sparkle wasn't there. But I think because he's such an enthusiast, this is just what he needs. And what Ferrari needs.

  5. Evil Rarity:

    Rarity: Or, should I say that I’ve ever imagined! Spike: Oh yeah we should definitely go by- (loud gasp) Twilight Sparkle: Spike! Never ever ever take another book at the castle with out asking! Spike: What? Just being honest, it’s what good friends do. (Twilight growls)

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