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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun spark:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb spark:

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Definition of the noun spark

What does spark mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: sparks

  1. a momentary flash of light
    • lexical domain: Natural Events - nouns denoting natural events
    • synonyms of spark: flicker / glint
    • more generic word: flash = a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
  2. merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance
  3. electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
  4. a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger
    • examples: a spark of interest | a spark of decency
    • lexical domain: Quantities - nouns denoting quantities and units of measure
    • more generic words: hint / suggestion / tint / trace = a just detectable amount
  5. a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • more generic word: fragment = a piece broken off or cut off of something else

Alternative definition of the noun spark


  1. A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
  2. A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
  3. [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.
  4. (in plural 'sparks' but treated as a singular) A ship's radio operator.
  5. [UK, slang] An electrician.
  6. A gallant, a foppish young man
  7. A beau, lover

Definition of the verb spark

What does spark mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: sparked | sparking | sparks

  1. put in motion or move to act
  2. emit or produce sparks
    • example: A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark
    • lexical domain: Weather - verbs of raining, snowing, thawing, thundering
    • synonym of spark: sparkle
    • more generic terms: emit / give off / give out = give off, send forth, or discharge

Alternative definition of the verb spark


  1. [transitive] To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
  2. [intransitive] To give off a spark or sparks.
  3. To woo, court


  1. Spark a.k.a. Lexa Doig is a Canadian TV and movie actress. She portrayed the title role in the 2000 - 2005 Canadian-American science fiction-adventure television series Andromeda. She also portrayed the female lead role of Rowan in the science fiction-horror movie Jason X, the 10th installment of the Friday the 13th film series.
  2. Spark is an actor.

There are other people with in their name, like Amy Spark, Adam Spark, Alex Spark, Black Spark, Debra Spark, Jeany Spark, Julia Spark, Robin Spark, Muriel Spark and many others.

Phrases with Spark

Phrases starting with the word Spark:

  1. Spark Up
  2. spark gap
  3. spark off
  4. spark coil
  5. spark plug
  6. spark knock
  7. spark lever
  8. Spark spread
  9. spark advance
  10. spark chamber
  11. spark counter
  12. Spark testing
  13. spark arrester
  14. spark transmitter

Phrases ending with the word Spark:

  1. Bright Spark
  2. muriel spark
  3. dame muriel spark
  4. muriel sarah spark

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Spark

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Google previewReaching the Endgame (2014)

by R W Docherty

The happy spark is the main ingredient in any successful, loving relationship. Therefore, following proper...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Cloud Computing (2016)

by San Murugesan, Irena Bojanova

Spark is an open‐source computing environment. The University of California, Berkeley implemented it in Scala.

Google previewSymposium of North Eastern Accelerator Personnel (2001)

by D K Hensley, N L Jones, R C Juras, M J Meigs, S W Mosko

A tank spark is the deep rumble. You dump a lot of stored energy all at once into the gas. With the column...

Google previewScala for Machine Learning (2015)

by Patrick R. Nicolas

Apache Spark is a fast and general-purpose cluster computing system, initially developed as AMPLab/UC Berkeley as part of the Berkeley Data Analytics Stack (BDAS) ( It provides high-level APIs for ...

Google previewHandbook of Big Data (2016)

by Peter Bühlmann, Petros Drineas, Michael Kane, Mark van der Laan

Spark is a general distributed execution engine that allows for keeping data in memory, greatly improving performance. Spark can use HDFS as a distributed storage mechanism. It provides many more data operations than MapReduce, but ...

Google previewEdinburgh Companion to Muriel Spark (2010)

by Michael Gardiner

Arguably the most important Scottish novelist since Walter Scott and Robert Louis Stevenson, Muriel Spark is a writer of unsurpassed range and richness. As a biographer, critic, editor, playwright, poet, short story writer and chiefly a novelist, ...

Google previewMachine Learning with Spark (2015)

by Nick Pentreath

Spark. Apache Spark is a framework for distributed computing; this framework aims to make it simpler to write programs that run in parallel across many nodes in a cluster of computers. It tries to abstract the tasks of resource scheduling, ...

Google previewSex, Lies & Cholesterol (2010)

by Dr. Ryan E. Bentley

The spark is the oxidation that leads to the inflammatory process, and that can potentially lead to the forest fire—a heart attack. There is an increased risk of a bigger forest fire (heart attack) because there is more cholesterol circulating around, ...

Google previewPantologia (1819)

A New Cabinet Cyclopaedia, Comprehending a Complete Series of Essays, Treatises, and Systems, Alphabetically Arranged...

Proofs 9f it are frequently occurring in experiments, and the production of the spark is a constant pne, which, being accumulated in a battery, is capable of setting fire to spirit of wine and gunpowder, and even of making iron wire yed hot.

Google previewNew Websterian 1912 Dictionary (1912)

Based Upon the Unabridged Dictionary of Noah Webster : with a Reference Library and Treasury of Facts by Noah Webster, Harry Thurston Peck

spark ignites the compressed gas in power plant (plant ), the motor, the cylinder at the proper .moment, transmission and accessories. the resulting explosion generating power transmission (tranz-mish'un), the motor's ...

Google previewThe Routledge Encyclopedia of Jewish Writers of the Twentieth Century (2004)

by Sorrel Kerbel

Further Reading Bold, Alan, Muriel Spark, London and New York: Methuen, 1986 Cheyette, Bryan, Muriel Spark, Tavistock: Northcote House, 2000 Edgecombe, Rodney Stenning, Vocation and Identity in the Fiction of Muriel Spark, ...

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Quotes about Spark

Each of us has a spark of life inside us, and our highest endeavor ought to be to set off that spark in one another. (Kenny Ausubel)
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Scrabble value of S1P3A1R1K5

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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