- 1A small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, alight in ashes, or produced by striking together two hard surfaces such as stone or metal: a log fire was sending sparks on to the rug • figurative angry sparks were flashing in her eyesMore example sentences
- Two stones rubbed themselves together and a spark lit and a fire was kindled on the wood piece.
- She shaded her eyes and crouched beside him, the fire crackling and sending sparks into the morning air.
- The Duke threw his piece of meat into the fire, causing sparks, and got up.
- 2A small amount of a quality or intense feeling: a tiny spark of anger flared within herMore example sentences
particle, iota, jot, whit, glimmer, flicker, atom, speck, bit, trace, vestige, ounce, shred, crumb, morsel, fragment, grain, drop, spot, mite, tittle, jot or tittle, modicum, hint, touch, suggestion, whisper, suspicion, scintillaIrish • informal stim
- She squeezed lightly and I turned to face her, saw the compassion and grief and the tiny spark of hope burning in those icy blue eyes.
- That thought kindled a tiny spark of hope in Sorsha.
- No one in this film shows a spark of charismatic quality, much less any halfhearted attempts at believable characterization.
- 2.1A sense of liveliness and excitement: there was a spark between them at their first meetingMore example sentences
liveliness, animation, life, bounce, sparkle, effervescence, fizz, verve, spirit, pep, spiritedness, ebullience, high spirits, enthusiasm, initiative, vitality, vivacity, fire, dash, go, panache, elan, snap, zest, zeal, exuberance; vigour, energy, gusto, drive, push, brio, dynamism
- The job just didn't provide me with the spark, excitement, and the security I needed.
- Nothing has a spark or spirit of contemporary Aphex Twin.
- What was the initial spark that got you interested in acting?
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- 1 [no object] Emit sparks of fire or electricity: the ignition sparks as soon as the gas is turned onMore example sentences
- The fire crackled and sparked, sending small bits of flame into the crisp night air.
- The fire popped and sparked as if trying to answer, but it had only temporarily broken the silence.
- Fire sparked, rose to a peak and danced under heated fumes that rose, tore at its periphery and crumbled to ashes.
- 2 [with object] Ignite: the explosion sparked a fireMore example sentences
- If you get enough methane in a basement, you can spark an explosion.
- The Reavers sat near the fire pit they had gathered; one lit the kindling, sparking a roaring fire in the middle of the morning.
- If you have sufficient physical energy but are feeling dull and languid, you need a movement pattern with some creative fire to spark your life force.
- 2.1Provide the stimulus for (an event or process): the trial sparked a furious row the severity of the plan sparked off street protestsMore example sentences
- The 1905 Russian Revolution was sparked off by a peaceful protest held on January 22nd.
- The 1998 Biodevastation Gathering sparked subsequent events in Seattle, New Delhi, Boston, San Diego and Toronto.
- I'm always on the lookout for imagery that will spark my painting process.
- British • informal Completely unconscious: I think he would knock Bowe spark outMore example sentences
- I didn't just stop him last time: I knocked him spark out.
- Two years ago, big Manny Siaca, now a light-heavyweight, was ahead on points against Mitchell before the champion knocked him spark out in the last round.
- One of Ali's greatest admirers is the man who once came very close to being knocked spark out on live television by the selfsame Ali.
- An encounter becomes heated or lively: sparks always fly when you two get togetherMore example sentences
- Olschok seems more preoccupied by attempting to thrill the audience than he his trying at make sure sparks fly between the two leads.
- Sure Ben was nice and held me when I needed comforting but Trevor's touch made sparks fly for some reason.
- I at least want the opportunity, and the chance to see if the sparks fly like I have been dreaming they will!
strike sparks off each other (or one another)
- (Of two or more people) creatively inspire each other while working on something: part of the art of opera is to strike sparks off one anotherMore example sentences
- They were best friends all day, striking sparks off each other and revelling in the whole occasion: high-fiving and bantering and telling each other how great they were.
- Diana Quick and Madeleine Potter strike sparks off each other that ignite the theatre, the play and the audience.
- As befits such music, the singers of Bampton opera are all fine ensemble players, striking sparks off each other, and clearly enjoying the often ridiculous fun of these pieces.
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- At Zamsure, Young Buffaloes and their fellow servicemen Riflemen played to a goalless draw in a sparkless match which both sides seemed to be content with though Buffaloes needed to win to be comfortable.
- Such was the sparkless nature of the game that if either goalkeeper had gone off to rest in the Woodlands stadium terraces, he would never have been missed.
Old English spærca, spearca, of unknown origin.