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- n. A spark; a dying spark; a dead spark, as of a snuffed candle.
- v. To gnash.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Same as gnash.
- n. A spark; a dying spark; a dead spark, as of a candle snuffed.
From Middle English gnast, knast, from Old English *gnāst ("spark") (in combination fȳrgnāst ("spark of fire")), from Proto-Germanic *gahnaistô (“spark”), from Proto-Germanic *ga- + Proto-Germanic *hnaistô (“spark”). Cognate with German dialectal Ganster ("spark"), Danish gnist ("spark, sparkle"), Swedish gnista ("spark"), Icelandic gneisti, neisti ("spark"), German Gneis ("spark, gneiss"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English gnasten, gnaisten, ultimately from Proto-Germanic *gnīstijanan (“to grind”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghneidh-, *ghneid- (“to gnaw, scratch, rub”). Cognate with Saterland Frisian knasterje ("to gnash"), German Low German gnatschen ("to knead, gnash"), German knastern ("to gnash"), Icelandic gnesta ("to crack"). (Wiktionary)
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