American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To give off sparks.
- v. To give off or reflect flashes of light; glitter. See Synonyms at flash.
- v. To be brilliant in performance.
- v. To shine with animation: He has eyes that sparkle.
- v. To flash with wit: Her conversation sparkled all evening.
- v. To release gas bubbles; effervesce: Champagne sparkles.
- 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.
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.
- n. A little spark; a scintillation.
- n. Brilliance; luster
- v. intransitive 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. intransitive To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
- v. intransitive To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.
- v. transitive To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
- v. transitive, obsolete To disperse.
- v. transitive, obsolete To scatter on or over.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A little spark; a scintillation.
- n. Brilliancy; 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.
- 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.
- v. To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
- v. obsolete To disperse.
- v. obsolete To scatter on or over.
- 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
- Middle English, from sparken + -le (Wiktionary)
- Middle English sparklen, frequentative of sparken, to spark; see spark1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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