spark

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v spark put in motion or move to act "trigger a reaction","actuate the circuits"
    • v spark emit or produce sparks "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark"
    • n spark 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"
    • n spark a momentary flash of light
    • n spark a small fragment of a burning substance thrown out by burning material or by friction
    • n Spark Scottish writer of satirical novels (born in 1918)
    • n spark electrical conduction through a gas in an applied electric field
    • n spark a small but noticeable trace of some quality that might become stronger "a spark of interest","a spark of decency"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Since housecats are clean and their coats are dry and glossy, their fur easily becomes charged with electricity. Sparks can be seen if their fur is rubbed in the dark.
    • Spark A brisk, showy, gay man. "The finest sparks and cleanest beaux."
    • Spark A lover; a gallant; a beau.
    • Spark 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."
    • Spark A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
    • Spark 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.""Small intellectual spark .""Vital spark of heavenly flame.""We have here and there a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge .""Bright gem instinct with music, vocal spark ."
    • v. i Spark To play the spark, beau, or lover. "A sure sign that his master was courting, or, as it is termed, sparking , within."
    • Spark (Elec) To produce, or give off, sparks, as a dynamo at the commutator when revolving under the collecting brushes.
    • Spark To sparkle.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n spark A particle of ignited substance emitted from a body in combustion; a fiery particle thrown off by burning wood, iron, powder, or other substance.
    • n spark Hence A scintillating or flying emanation, literally or figuratively; anything resembling a spark of fire: as, sparks from a gem; a spark of wit.
    • n spark A small diamond used with many others to form a setting or frame, as to a cameo or a miniature painting; also, a distinct crystal of diamond with the natural curved edges, suitable for glaziers' use.
    • n spark A separate bit or particle of fire or burning matter in an otherwise inert body or mass; hence, a bit of anything, material or immaterial, comparable to this in its nuclear character or possible extension of activity.
    • spark To emit sparks, as of fire or electricity; sparkle or scintillate.
    • spark In electricity, to produce sparks at points where the continuity of the circuit is interrupted. The production of sparks is due to the formation of a small arc between the extremities of the broken conductor, and also to self-induction in the circuit. Sparking often takes place between the collecting brushes and the commutator of the dynamo. It is injurious to the machine, aside from the actual dissipation of energy which it involves. It also occurs to an injurious degree in other electrical apparatus in which currents are frequently interrupted. Various measures are resorted to for the purpose of reducing it to a minimum or avoiding it altogether. See spark-arrester, 3.
    • spark To affect by sparks, as of electricity; act upon by the emission or transmission of sparks.
    • spark To splash with dirt.
    • n spark A person of a gay or sprightly character; a gay, lively, showy man (or, rarely, in former use, woman); a “blade” or roysterer.
    • n spark A lover; a gallant; a beau.
    • spark To play the spark or gallant; court.
    • spark To pay attention to, especially with a view to marriage; court; play the gallant to, in a general sense: as, he is parking Miss Doe; to spark a girl home.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Spark spärk a small ignited particle shot off from a burning body: any small shining body or light: a small portion of anything active or vivid: a gay sprightly person, a lover, a beau
    • v.i Spark to emit sparks: to play the gallant
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Quotations

  • Benjamin Franklin
    Benjamin%20Franklin
    “He that blows the coals in quarrels that he has nothing to do with, has no right to complain if the sparks fly in his face.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
  • John A. Appleman
    John A. Appleman
    “I have heard it said that the first ingredient of success -- the earliest spark in the dreaming youth -- if this; dream a great dream.”
  • Igor Sikorsky
    Igor Sikorsky
    “The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A spark of kindness starts a fire of love.”
  • Proverb
    Proverb
    “When a heart is on fire, sparks always fly out of the mouth.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. sparke, AS. spearca,; akin to D. spark, sperk,; cf. Icel. spraka, to crackle, Lith. spragëti, Gr. a bursting with a noise, Skr. sphrj, to crackle, to thunder. Cf. Speak

Usage

In literature:

These sparks were flung against the evening skies.
"Flash-lights from the Seven Seas" by William L. Stidger
They called it seeing the children come out of school, and the last spark was the schoolmaster.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
Its brushes should not spark, though a little sparking will do no harm.
"Electricity for the farm" by Frederick Irving Anderson
A man without a spark of patriotism.
"The Sequel" by George A. Taylor
And in the time of their visitation they shall shine forth, and as sparks among stubble they shall run to and fro.
"Select Masterpieces of Biblical Literature" by Various
A spark carried by the wind fell on his naked shoulder, where it bit like a fiery serpent.
"The Doomsman" by Van Tassel Sutphen
If any spark of life remained in he girl, he could not tell.
"The Dop Doctor" by Clotilde Inez Mary Graves
Watching Bronson's fingers on the spark and throttle, he noticed that the man was advancing them cautiously.
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
What is this vital spark that brings life to mere notes?
"Great Pianists on Piano Playing" by James Francis Cooke
And, but for the wireless spark that leaps through space, you could have done so.
"The Motor Boat Club and The Wireless" by H. Irving Hancock
His eyes seemed to spark with hatred.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
After three bells, Sparks.
"Peter the Brazen" by George F. Worts
But it left a spark, winking redly on the blackened wood.
"In the Morning of Time" by Charles G. D. Roberts
We'd let the sparks fall on some cotton.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States, From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
And yet, with a flint on his tongue and a spark in his eyes, he will make the neophite Habib smile beside him.
"The Book of Khalid" by Ameen Rihani
It was apparently uninjured, but the spark was dead.
"The Solar Magnet" by Sterner St. Paul Meek
It gives a fine big spark or coal in about seven seconds.
"Boy Scouts Handbook" by Boy Scouts of America
Sparks flew and there was a loud ring of metal against metal.
"My Brave and Gallant Gentleman" by Robert Watson
Sparks flew as if from heated steel.
"Uncle Daniel's Story Of "Tom" Anderson And Twenty Great Battles" by John McElroy
A spark might at any time start a serious fire.
"Frances of the Ranges" by Amy Bell Marlowe
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In poetry:

As your bright and tiny spark
Lights the traveler in the dark,
Though I know not what you are,
Twinkle, twinkle, little star.
"The Star" by Jane Taylor
No em'rald vines creep wistfully to me,
And lay their tender fingers on my bark;
High may I toss my boughs, yet never see
Dawn's first most glorious spark.
"The City Tree" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
“Thou fool,” it answered, “all are truly kin.
God is the Soul of all—no power apart.
God is the spark Divine that glows within
The Temple of the Heart.”
"To A Bigot" by George Essex Evans
Mere fancy!--Yet those curtains toss
Mysteriously as if some dark
Hand moved them.--And I'd fear to cross
The shadow there where lies that spark--
A glow-worm sunk in moss.
"One Day And Another: A Lyrical Eclogue – Part V" by Madison Julius Cawein
He dwelt all alone, underneath a leaning hill,
And windows toward the hill there were none,
And on the other side they were white-washed thick,
To keep out every spark of the sun.
"A Tale Of Starvation" by Amy Lowell
As hidden in thy chamber lowest
As in the sky the lark,
Thou, mystic thing, on working goest
Without the poorest spark,
And yet light's garment round me throwest,
Who else, as thou, were dark.
"My Heart" by George MacDonald

In news:

Haecker sparks Lake Brantley past O.C.
Is Georgina Sparks really Gossip Girl or not.
The most elegant way to show off a sparkly evening clutch is to pair it with an unadorned dress.
Coffee Maker May Have Sparked Frazer House Fire.
Carefully cuted and sparkly spastic.
How the West Sparked the AIDS Epidemic and How the World Can Finally Overcome it.
New Mexico coyote hunt plan sparks public outcry.
Heather Sparks, a fourth/fifth grade teacher at Wheeler Community Learning Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Compulsory school bill sparks UAE expats' fears.
Cornel West's criticism of Obama sparks debate among African Americans.
Reopened fish plant sparks old creditor interest.
Storm sparks fire in Cromwell .
Rick Cromwell Sparks, 62, of Lehigh Acres, died on March 24, 2012 at his home.
A son of Loren H and Lloyde ( Cromwell ) Sparks.
Rick Cromwell Sparks, 62, of Lehigh Acres, died Tuesday, March 24, 2012.
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In science:

The total height of the spark chambers is approximately 1 m.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
If it does so, the pair will ionize the (mostly) neon gas in the spark chamber along their tra jectories.
A Search for Gamma-Ray Bursts and Pulsars, and the Application of Kalman Filters to Gamma-Ray Reconstruction
These unexpected results have sparked a large number of investigations to try to understand their origin .
How random are random nuclei? Shapes, triangles and kites
Gains up to 105 are reached before sparking.
First tests of a Micromegas TPC in a magnetic field
This completely unexpected result sparked a flurry of theoretical and experimental acti vity to understand and better describe this surprising behavior.
Rates and Progenitors of Type Ia Supernovae
The tools used there are “sparks” and “differential characters” systematical ly studied by Harvey, Lawson and Zweck [HLZ] and [HL].
Generalized Abel-Jacobi map on Lawson homology
Sparks, Toric geometry, Sasaki-Einstein manifolds and a new infinite class of AdS/CFT duals, Commun.
On the pp-wave limit and the BMN structure of new Sasaki-Einstein spaces
This has sparked new interest in understanding the evolution that occurs up until the onset of explosive burning. A critical aspect is the shear pro file present within the WD.
The Internal Shear of Type Ia Supernova Progenitors During Accretion and Simmering
This interest was sparked, at least in part, by the discovery by Keating and Snaith [KS] that the moments of a random matrix from the Circular Unitary Ensemble (CUE) seem to be related to the moments of the Riemann zeta-function along the critical line.
On the Second-Order Correlation Function of the Characteristic Polynomial of a Real Symmetric Wigner Matrix
The unexpected discovery of extremely powerful, purerotational H2 line emission from the center of the shock (Appleton et al. 2006), using the Spitzer Space Telescope (Werner et al. 2004), has sparked intense interest in the SQ system.
Powerful H$_2$ Line-cooling in Stephan's Quintet : I - Mapping the Significant Cooling Pathways in Group-wide Shocks
As all MPGD, Micromegas has a tendency to spark when operated at high gas gains.
CALICE Report to the DESY Physics Research Committee
However, even though conduction can quantitatively provide the energy seen in the form of line emission (Sparks et al. 2004), it would have to proceed at close to the Spitzer or saturated levels to power the filaments.
Feedback under the microscope II: heating, gas uplift, and mixing in the nearest cluster core
The reason for this arrangement is to avoid a too large energy to be stored in the mesh which could be released in the front-end electronics circuitry during a spark.
Status of the Micromegas semi-DHCAL
A group at Brookhaven used a 10 ton spark chamber to study rare neutrino interactions in the aluminium plates, relying on the triggering to eliminate unwanted background radiation. Their experiment demonstrated that the electron and muon neutrinos are distinct1.
Construction of a Prototype Spark Chamber
Figure 1 .1 – The spark chamber at 'Physics a t work '.
Construction of a Prototype Spark Chamber
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