sparkle

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English, from sparken + -le

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Noun[edit]

sparkle (plural sparkles)

  1. A little spark; a scintillation.
    • Spenser
      As sparkles from the anvil rise, / When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed.
    • Prescott
      The shock was sufficiently strong to strike out some sparkles of his fiery temper.
  2. Brilliance; luster.
    the sparkle of a diamond.
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Verb[edit]

sparkle (third-person singular simple present sparkles, present participle sparkling, simple past and past participle sparkled)

  1. (intransitive) 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.
    • A mantelet upon his shoulder hanging Bretful of rubies red, as fire sparkling. — Chaucer.
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, The Mirror and the Lamp:
      Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
  2. (intransitive) To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
    • Milton
      I see bright honour sparkle through your eyes.
  3. (intransitive) To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.
  4. (transitive) To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
    • Did sparkle forth great light. — Spenser
  5. (transitive, obsolete) To disperse.
    • The Landgrave hath sparkled his army without any further enterprise. — State Papers.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To scatter on or over.

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Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.