spark

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English[edit]

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Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

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)).

Noun[edit]

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.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (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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Verb[edit]

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.
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Etymology 2[edit]

probably Scandinavian, akin to Old Norse sparkr 'sprightly'

Noun[edit]

spark (plural sparks)

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

Verb[edit]

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

  1. To woo, court.

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References[edit]

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

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Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /spark/, [sb̥ɑːɡ̊]

Noun[edit]

spark n (singular definite sparket, plural indefinite spark)

  1. kick

Inflection[edit]

Verb[edit]

spark

  1. Imperative of sparke.

Faroese[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

spark n (genitive singular sparks, plural spørk)

  1. kick

Declension[edit]

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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Icelandic[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sparka (to kick).

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Noun[edit]

spark n (genitive singular sparks, nominative plural spörk)

  1. kick

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Norwegian Bokmål[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a kick (with a foot)

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Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Noun[edit]

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

  1. a kick (with a foot)

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Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From sparka (to kick).

Noun[edit]

spark c

  1. kick

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