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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.


Synonymssparkle


Pattern of useSomething ----s


Broader (hypernym)emit, give off, give out









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