spark Definition

  • 1a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, alight in ashes, or produced by striking together two hard surfaces such as stone or metal
  • 2a small amount of a quality or intense feeling
  • 3to give rise to a strong feeling or response

Using spark: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "spark" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    A spark flew out of the fireplace and landed on the rug.

  • Example

    The conversation sparked a new idea in my mind.

  • Example

    The announcement of the new project sparked excitement among the team members.

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    The protest sparked a nationwide movement.

spark Synonyms and Antonyms

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Idioms Using spark

  • spark up

    to start or ignite something, often a conversation or a relationship


    He sparked up a conversation with the stranger at the bar.

  • to bring happiness or pleasure


    Marie Kondo's method of tidying up is designed to help people keep only the things that spark joy in their lives.

  • something that initially shows great promise but ultimately fails to meet expectations


    The new product was a spark in the pan, failing to generate the expected sales.

Phrases with spark

  • a small sign of optimism or possibility


    The discovery of a cure for the disease gave a spark of hope to the patients.

  • a device in an internal combustion engine that produces electric sparks to ignite the fuel


    The mechanic replaced the spark plug in the car's engine.

  • a sudden and brilliant idea or insight


    His invention was a spark of genius that revolutionized the industry.

Origins of spark

from Old English 'spearca', meaning 'sprinkle'


Summary: spark in Brief

The term 'spark' [spärk] refers to a small fiery particle or a small amount of a quality or intense feeling. It can also mean to give rise to a strong feeling or response, as in 'The announcement of the new project sparked excitement among the team members.' 'Spark' extends into phrases like 'spark of hope,' and idioms like 'spark up,' denoting starting or igniting something, and 'spark joy,' implying bringing happiness or pleasure.

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