Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To give off sparks.
  • intransitive v. To give off or reflect flashes of light; glitter. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To be brilliant in performance.
  • intransitive v. To shine with animation: He has eyes that sparkle.
  • intransitive v. To flash with wit: Her conversation sparkled all evening.
  • intransitive v. To release gas bubbles; effervesce: Champagne sparkles.
  • transitive v. To cause to flash and glitter: Sunlight was sparkling the waves.
  • n. A small spark or gleaming particle.
  • n. A glittering quality.
  • n. Brilliant animation; vivacity.
  • n. Emission of gas bubbles; effervescence.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A little spark; a scintillation.
  • n. Brilliance; luster
  • v. To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles; to shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle; as, the blazing wood sparkles; the stars sparkle.
  • v. To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
  • v. To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.
  • v. To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
  • v. To disperse.
  • v. To scatter on or over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A little spark; a scintillation.
  • n. Brilliancy; luster.
  • intransitive v. To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles; to shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle.
  • intransitive v. To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
  • intransitive v. To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce.
  • transitive v. To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
  • transitive v. To disperse.
  • transitive v. To scatter on or over.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To emit sparks; send off small ignited particles, as burning fuel, etc.
  • To shine as if giving out sparks; glitter; glisten; scintillate, literally or figuratively: as, a brilliant sparkles; a sparkling beauty; sparkling wit.
  • Synonyms and
  • Scintillate, Glitter, etc. (see glare, verb i.), coruscate.
  • To emit with coruscations; throw out sparklingly.
  • To scatter; disperse.
  • To sprinkle; spatter.
  • n. A spark; an ignited or a luminous particle, or something comparable to it; a scintillation; a gleam.
  • n. The act or state of sparkling; emission of sparks or scintillations; sparkling luminosity or luster: used literally or figuratively.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the occurrence of a small flash or spark
  • n. the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
  • v. become bubbly or frothy or foaming
  • n. merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
  • v. be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
  • v. emit or produce sparks
  • v. reflect brightly

Etymologies

Middle English sparklen, frequentative of sparken, to spark; see spark1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English, from sparken + -le (Wiktionary)

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  • :-)

    February 13, 2008

  • Lovely little bit of sparkling wit there, SoG.

    February 13, 2008

  • I've just added sparkle to my list.

    February 13, 2008

  • Sparkle Plenty was a character in the Dick Tracy comic strip.

    October 8, 2007

  • < sparkle>magical

    October 7, 2007

  • Sparkle is also a children's skip-counting game. :)

    October 6, 2007

  • Apparently there is no such thing as a "sparkle" tag. Color me disappointed.

    October 5, 2007

  • Sparkly text?

    ETA: Damn, it didn't work.

    October 5, 2007