Spark - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |spɑːrk|  American pronunciation of the word spark
Brit.  |spɑːk|  British pronunciation of the word spark


- a momentary flash of light (syn: flicker, glint)
- merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance(syn: light, sparkle, twinkle)
- electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field (syn: arc, discharge)
- a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger
- Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)
- a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction


- put in motion or move to act (syn: activate, actuate, trigger, trip)
- emit or produce sparks(syn: sparkle)


If you had a spark of honesty / courage / decency

Even Oliver felt a tiny spark of excitement.

A dropped cigarette might have sparked the fire.

Some hot ash fell into the box of matches, and sparked off the whole lot.

It would not take more than one careless remark to spark off violence in the crowd.

He used to go sparkin' round among the girls.

The scrape of metal on metal sent up a shower of sparks.

The judge's verdict provided the spark for the riots.

Interest rate cuts were the spark the market needed.

She was tired, and lacked her usual spark.

McKellan's performance gives the play its spark of life (=quality of energy).

The police response sparked outrage in the community.

A discarded cigarette sparked a small brush fire.

What was it that sparked your interest in motoring?

he had a sparkle in his eye

Word forms

I/you/we/they: spark
he/she/it: sparks
present participle: sparking
past tense: sparked
past participle: sparked
singular: spark
plural: sparks
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