- A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
- A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
- A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
- (figurative) A small amount of something, such as an idea or romantic affection, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
- Any of various lycaenid butterflies of the Indomalayan genus Sinthusa.
- (in plural sparks but treated as a singular) A ship’s radio operator.
- (small particle of glowing matter): ember, gnast, funk
- (small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater): beginnings, germ, glimmer
- if any spark of life be yet remaining
- But though we have, here and there, a little of this clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge
- Everton’s Marouane Fellaini looks one certain arrival but Moyes, who also saw United held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, needs even more of a spark in a midfield that looked laboured by this team’s standards.
- (transitive, figurative) To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
- (transitive) To light; to kindle.
- (intransitive) To give off a spark or sparks.
- Appalachian To court.
- The introduction of substitute Andy Carroll sparked Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back just after the hour – and thought he had equalised as Kenny Dalglish’s side laid siege to Chelsea’s goal in the closing stages.
- Byron sparked the cigarette. He sucked it dramatically and thrust it into Marko’s hand.
- (transitive) To cause (a substance) to fall in fine drops (for a liquid substance) or small pieces (for a solid substance).
- (transitive) To cover (an object) by sprinkling a substance on to it.
- (intransitive) To drip in fine drops, sometimes sporadically.
- (intransitive) To rain very lightly outside.
- (transitive) To baptize by the application of a few drops, or a small quantity, of water; hence, to cleanse; to purify.
- The confectioner sprinkled icing sugar over the cakes.
- And the priest shall […] sprinkle of the oil with his finger seven times before the Lord.
- At twilight in the summer […] the mice come out. They […] eat the luncheon crumbs. Mr. Checkly, for instance, always brought his dinner in a paper parcel in his coat-tail pocket, and ate it when so disposed, sprinkling crumbs lavishly […] on the floor.
- The confectioner sprinkled the cakes with icing sugar.
- Most of the passengers watched from the enclosed promenade deck, but Sandra found her way to the higher, open promenade where she shivered and watched the city lights fade and the stars sprinkle themselves across a dark blue velvet sky.
- It sprinkled outside all day long.
- It sprinkled very early in the morning.
- having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience
- A light covering with a sprinkled substance.
- A light rain shower.
- An aspersorium or utensil for sprinkling.
- (light covering with a sprinkled substance): sprinkling
- He decorated the Christmas card with a sprinkle of glitter.