• WordNet 3.6
    • adj sparkly having brief brilliant points or flashes of light "bugle beads all aglitter","glinting eyes","glinting water","his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent","shop window full of glittering Christmas trees","glittery costume jewelry","scintillant mica","the scintillating stars","a dress with sparkly sequins","`glistering' is an archaic term"
    • adj sparkly marked by high spirits or excitement "his fertile effervescent mind","scintillating personality","a row of sparkly cheerleaders"
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  • Benjamin Franklin
    “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
    “To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
  • George Washington
    “Labor to keep alive in your breast that little spark of celestial fire called conscience”
  • 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.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Enthusiasm is that kindling spark which marks the difference between the leaders in every activity and the laggards who put in just enough to get by.”
  • Igor Sikorsky
    Igor Sikorsky
    “The work of the individual still remains the spark that moves mankind forward.”


In literature:

Sparks flying from a fire mean letters; the number of the sparks is the number of the letters.
"Current Superstitions" by Various
In each a spark leaped, ran to meet its opposing spark and flashed into union.
"The Emigrant Trail" by Geraldine Bonner
The key rattled and the rotary spark whined into a shriek.
"The Man Who Rocked the Earth" by Arthur Train
None of their ideas seemed to have the proper spark.
"Tom Swift and the Electronic Hydrolung" by Victor Appleton
Sparks flew in their faces and the flames twisting into pyramids and columns leaped from tree to tree with a sound like thunder as they came.
"The Young Trailers" by Joseph A. Altsheler
The Duchess had made no answer to Mrs. Sparkes, and so nothing further was said about the warmth.
"Can You Forgive Her?" by Anthony Trollope
Sparks of light along the shore to the north at last caught Ross's attention.
"Key Out of Time" by Andre Alice Norton
A shower of sparks flew up into the air and fluttered over the rim of the parapet.
"The Red Horizon" by Patrick MacGill
Submit's black eyes in the depths of it were like two sparks.
"Good Cheer Stories Every Child Should Know" by Various
Yes, a little starry maybe, but big and sparkly.
"Torchy and Vee" by Sewell Ford

In poetry:

Once more I kneel. The earth is dark,
And darker yet the air;
If light there be, 'tis but a spark
Amid a world's despair—
"The Disciple" by George MacDonald
Truth is gentle in its sway,
Calm and still its onward stream,
And the spark which shines to-day
Kindles a to-morrow's beam.
"Faith and Works" by John Bowring
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
Deep through bowels of the earth
Fled those seekers of the dark,
Hearts that sought to find the birth
Of man's immortal spark.
"The Mysteries Of Eleusis" by Annie Adams Fields
Methought, the very breath I breathed
Was full of sparks divine,
And all my heather-couch was wreathed
By that celestial shine!
"A Day Dream" by Emily Jane Bronte
"Lo, my Hermos! laugh and mark,
See the swift mock of the wine;
Faints the primal, God-born spark,
Trodden by the rush of swine!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford

In news:

Barea sparks Timberwolves in 92-80 season-opening win vs Kings.
Sparks from battery charger ignite worker's clothes.
Begonia 'Sparks Will Fly' from Burpee Home Gardens.
'Sparks Will Fly' from Burpee Home Gardens.
Election no game-changer but may spark budget deal, panelists say.
Sparkly Black and White Ball in Palo Alto.
What Jordin Sparks Eats Every Day.
Claims spark art world spat.
Arizona dominated UCLA when they played Thursday night, but the big news was the large brawl right before halftime that was sparked when a fan streaked across the field.
Dozer breaks pole, lights go out, truck gets hung on wires, sparks fly.
Erwin Mack remembers a time when any effort to lift Takoma Park's ban on alcohol sales would have sparked a fight.
A call to examine the age-21 threshold has sparked heated debate on campuses.
Working to spark hope and drive out despair.
Study Explains Why Social Rule Breakers Spark Angry Outbursts.
A business owner's resignation letter from a study committee sparked discussion at the Sept 10 Board of Selectmen meeting about the direction and success of the South Main Street Corridor Committee.

In science:

However, their work has been valuable in sparking new investigations of the problems of surface energies and divergences.
The Casimir effect: Recent controversies and progress
We find that the dr ifting-nulling interaction tells much about the true motion of the sparks; the spread in the infer red velocities of the sparks is much larger than previously thought possible.
Radio Pulsars
We will assume the subpulses are formed by discrete locations of emission (‘sparks’) that rotate around the magnetic pole of the pulsar, causing the pulse components to move through the pulse windows (‘dr ifting subpulses’).
Radio Pulsars
With the rotation time known, Deshpande & Rankin (1999) could track individual sparks.
Radio Pulsars
They noted that sparks retain their character istic br ightness and positions for about 100 seconds.
Radio Pulsars