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Topic: ELECTRICITY

Language: Old English
Origin: spearca

spark

1 noun
     
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1

fire

[countable] a very small piece of burning material produced by a fire or by hitting or rubbing two hard objects together:
sparks from the fire
The scrape of metal on metal sent up a shower of sparks.
2

electricity

[countable]TPE a flash of light caused by electricity passing across a space:
electric sparks from a broken wire
3

spark of interest/excitement/anger etc

a small amount of a feeling or quality:
Rachel looked at her and felt a spark of hope.
4

cause

[countable] a small action or event that causes something to happen, especially trouble or violence:
The judge's verdict provided the spark for the riots.
Interest rate cuts were the spark the market needed.
5

intelligence/energy

[uncountable] a quality of intelligence or energy that makes someone successful or fun to be with:
She was tired, and lacked her usual spark.
McKellan's performance gives the play its spark of life (=quality of energy).
6

sparks

[plural] anger or angry arguments:
The sparks were really flying (=people were arguing angrily) at the meeting!

➔ bright spark

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