sparking

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spark \Spark\, noun [OE. sparke, AS. spearca; akin to D. spark, sperk; cf. Icel. spraka to crackle, Lith. sprag["e]ti, Gr. ? a bursting with a noise, Skr. sph?rj to crackle, to thunder. Cf. {Speak}.]

1. A small particle of fire or ignited substance which is emitted by a body in combustion.

Man is born unto trouble, as the sparks fly upward. --Job v. 7.

2. A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.

3. That which, like a spark, may be kindled into a flame, or into action; a feeble germ; an elementary principle. "If any spark of life be yet remaining." --Shak. "Small intellectual spark." --Macaulay. "Vital spark of heavenly flame." --Pope.

We have here and there a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge. --Locke.

Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark. --Wordsworth.

{Spark arrester}, a contrivance to prevent the escape of sparks while it allows the passage of gas, -- chiefly used in the smokestack of a wood-burning locomotive. Called also {spark consumer}. [U.S.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spark \Spark\, noun [Icel. sparkr lively, sprightly.]

1. A brisk, showy, gay man.

The finest sparks and cleanest beaux. --Prior.

2. A lover; a gallant; a beau.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spark \Spark\, verb (used without an object)

1. To sparkle. [Obs.] --Spenser.

2. (Elec.) To produce, or give off, sparks, as a dynamo at the commutator when revolving under the collecting brushes. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Spark \Spark\, verb (used without an object) To play the spark, beau, or lover.

A sure sign that his master was courting, or, as it is termed, sparking, within. --W. Irwing.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

electric current \electric current\, electrical current \electrical current\, the movement of electrically charged particles, atoms, or ions, through solids, liquids, gases, or free space; the term is usually used of relatively smooth movements of electric charge through conductors, whether constant or variable. Sudden movements of charge are usually referred to by other terms, such as {spark} or {lightning} or {discharge}. In metallic conductors the electric current is usually due to movement of electrons through the metal. The current is measured as the rate of movement of charge per unit time, and is counted in units of amperes. As a formal definition, the direction of movement of electric current is considered as the same as the direction of movement of positive charge, or in a direction opposite to the movement of negative charge. Electric current may move constantly in a single direction, called {direct current} (abbreviated {DC}), or may move alternately in one direction and then the opposite direction, called {alternating current} (abbreviated {AC}). [PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

spark

noun

1: a momentary flash of light [syn: {flicker}, {spark}, {glint}]

2: merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye"; "there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes" [syn: {sparkle}, {twinkle}, {spark}, {light}]

3: electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field [syn: {discharge}, {spark}, {arc}, {electric arc}, {electric discharge}]

4: a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger; "a spark of interest"; "a spark of decency"

5: Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918) [syn: {Spark}, {Muriel Spark}, {Dame Muriel Spark}, {Muriel Sarah Spark}]

6: a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction

verb

1: put in motion or move to act; "trigger a reaction"; "actuate the circuits" [syn: {trip}, {actuate}, {trigger}, {activate}, {set off}, {spark off}, {spark}, {trigger off}, {touch off}]

2: emit or produce sparks; "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark" [syn: {spark}, {sparkle}]


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