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- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈspɑːkəl/
- (US) IPA(key): /ˈspɑɹkəl/
- Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)kəl
- Homophone: SPARQL
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- A little spark; a scintillation.
- 1834, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter XI, in Francesca Carrara. […], volume II, London: Richard Bentley, […], (successor to Henry Colburn), →OCLC, page 112:
- The lamp was shaded, and the fire was dim, when suddenly the log, which had burnt through, gave way; a shower of sparkles rose from the hearth, and a bright blaze illuminated the room, falling full on Francesca's face, as she bent over the patient.
- Brilliance; luster.
- the sparkle of a diamond
- Liveliness; vivacity.
- the sparkle of his conversation over dinner
- The quality of being sparkling or fizzy; effervescence.
- The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout § Translations.
- (intransitive) To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles
- The wood was sparkling in the bonfire.
- (by extension) To shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle
- The stars sparkle in the sky.
- 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
- 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.
- (intransitive) To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
- (intransitive) To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce
- sparkling wine
- sparkling water
- (transitive) To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
- (transitive, obsolete) To disperse.
- (transitive, obsolete) To scatter on or over.
to emit sparks
to shine as if throwing off sparks; scintillate
to manifest as if by emitting sparks; glisten
to emit little bubbles
to emit in the likeness of sparks
- “sparkle”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- Alternative form of