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English noun: spark

1. spark (event) a momentary flash of light

Synonymsflicker, glint

Broader (hypernym)flash

2. spark (attribute) merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance

SamplesHe had a sparkle in his eye.
There's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes.

Synonymslight, sparkle, twinkle

Broader (hypernym)aspect, expression, face, facial expression, look, verve, vitality

3. spark (phenomenon) electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field

Synonymsarc, discharge, electric arc, electric discharge

Broader (hypernym)electrical conduction

Narrower (hyponym)brush discharge, corona, corona discharge, corposant, electric glow, flashover, Saint Elmo's fire, Saint Elmo's light, Saint Ulmo's fire, Saint Ulmo's light, St. Elmo's fire

4. spark (quantity) a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger

SamplesA spark of interest.
A spark of decency.

Broader (hypernym)hint, suggestion, trace

5. Spark (person) Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)

SynonymsDame Muriel Spark, Muriel Sarah Spark, Muriel Spark

Instance hypernymauthor, writer

6. spark (object) a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction

Broader (hypernym)fragment

English verb: spark

1. spark (creation) put in motion or move to act

SamplesTrigger a reaction.
Actuate the circuits.

Synonymsactivate, actuate, set off, spark off, touch off, trigger, trigger off, trip

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)initiate, pioneer

Causecome about, fall out, go on, hap, happen, occur, pass, pass off, take place

2. spark (weather) emit or produce sparks

SamplesA high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark.


Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)emit, give off, give out

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