Fire & flame
- dumpster fire
- open fire
- open fireplace
spark noun (CAUSE)
C2 [ S ]
a first small event or problem that causes a much worse situation to develop:
That small incident was the spark that set off the street riots.
[ S ]
a feeling or quality that causes excitement:
They kept running into each other and eventually realized there was a spark between them.
The music is mediocre because there’s no spark, no thrill, no unpredictability.
spark noun (ELECTRICIAN)
an electrician (= a person whose job is to put in and repair electrical wires and equipment):
You need a brickie and a sparks.
verb [ T ]
to cause the start of something, especially an argument or fighting:
This proposal will almost certainly spark another countrywide debate about immigration.
The recent interest-rate rises have sparked new problems for small businesses.
The visit of the G20 leaders sparked off (= caused the start of) mass demonstrations.
Definition of spark
(Entry 1 of 5)
1a: a small particle of a burning substance thrown out by a body in combustion or remaining when combustion is nearly completed
b: a hot glowing particle struck from a larger massespecially : one heated by friction
2a: a luminous disruptive electrical discharge of very short duration between two conductors separated by a gas (such as air)
b: the discharge in a spark plug
c: the mechanism controlling the discharge in a spark plug
4: something that sets off a sudden forceprovided the spark that helped the team to rally
5: a latent particle capable of growth or developing : GERMstill retains a spark of decency
6sparks plural in form but singular in construction : a radio operator on a ship
sparked; sparking; sparks
Definition of spark (Entry 2 of 5)
1a: to throw out sparks
b: to flash or fall like sparks
2: to produce sparksspecifically : to have the electric ignition working
3: to respond with enthusiasm
1: to set off in a burst of activity : ACTIVATEthe question sparked a lively discussion—often used with off
2: to stir to activity : INCITEsparked her team to victory
Definition of spark (Entry 3 of 5)
sparked; sparking; sparks
Definition of spark (Entry 4 of 5)
Definition of Spark (Entry 5 of 5)
Dame Muriel (Sarah) 1918–2006 née Camberg British writer
Other Words from spark
sparkish \ ˈspär-kish \ adjective
First Known Use of spark
before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a
13th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a
circa 1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1
1787, in the meaning defined above
History and Etymology for spark
Middle English sparke, from Old English spearca; akin to Middle Dutch sparke spark and perhaps to Latin spargere to scatter
perhaps from SPARK entry 1