Associations to the word «Spark»


SPARK, noun. A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
SPARK, noun. A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
SPARK, noun. A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
SPARK, noun. (figuratively) A small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
SPARK, noun. (in plural sparks but treated as a singular) A ship's radio operator.
SPARK, noun. (UK) (slang) An electrician.
SPARK, verb. (transitive) To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
SPARK, verb. (intransitive) To give off a spark or sparks.
SPARK, noun. A gallant, a foppish young man.
SPARK, noun. A beau, lover.
SPARK, verb. To woo, court.
SPARK ARRESTOR, noun. Any device that prevents the emission of flammable debris from combustion sources.
SPARK COIL, noun. An induction coil used for producing sparks, as in an internal combustion engine.
SPARK COIL, noun. A self-induction coil used to increase the spark in an electric gas-lighting apparatus.
SPARK COILS, noun. Plural of spark coil
SPARK GAP, noun. A gap, between two electrical terminals, across which sparks are generated.
SPARK GAP, noun. Such a gap as a component of an engine's ignition system, especially that between the electrodes of a spark plug.
SPARK GAPS, noun. Plural of spark gap
SPARK KNOCK, noun. The sound produced, in an internal combustion engine, by the ignition of the fuel-air mixture before the piston reaches top dead centre
SPARK KNOCKS, noun. Plural of spark knock
SPARK OFF, verb. (transitive) To initiate something by providing the necessary conditions.
SPARK PLUG, noun. The part of an internal combustion engine which forms a high-voltage electric spark which ignites the fuel-air mixture to begin the power stroke.
SPARK PLUGS, noun. Plural of spark plug
SPARK SPREAD, noun. (idiomatic) The difference between the cost of the fuel required to produce a unit of electricity, and the price of that same unit of electricity.
SPARK TESTING, noun. A method of determining the general classification of ferrous materials that normally requires taking a piece of metal, usually scrap, to a grinding wheel and observing the sparks emitted.
SPARK UP, verb. (transitive) to rekindle
SPARK UP, verb. (transitive) to make more exotic or fun
SPARK UP, verb. (intransitive) To light up; light a cigarette.
SPARK UP, verb. (transitive) To initiate (a conversation, debate etc.)

Dictionary definition

SPARK, noun. A momentary flash of light.
SPARK, noun. Merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes".
SPARK, noun. Electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field.
SPARK, noun. A small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger; "a spark of interest"; "a spark of decency".
SPARK, noun. Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918).
SPARK, noun. A small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction.
SPARK, verb. Put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits".
SPARK, verb. Emit or produce sparks; "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark".

Wise words

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