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  7  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spark  \Spark\,  v.  i.  (Elec.) 
  To  produce,  or  give  off  sparks,  as  a  dynamo  at  the 
  commutator  when  revolving  under  the  collecting  brushes. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spark  \Spark\,  n.  [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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spark  \Spark\,  v.  i. 
  To  sparkle.  [Obs.]  --Spenser. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spark  \Spark\,  v.  i. 
  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  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Spark  \Spark\,  n.  [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  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  spark 
  n  1:  a  momentary  flash  of  light  [syn:  {glint},  {flicker}] 
  2:  brightness  and  animation  of  countenance;  "he  had  a  sparkle 
  in  his  eye"  [syn:  {sparkle},  {light}] 
  3:  electrical  conduction  through  a  gas  in  an  applied  electric 
  field  [syn:  {discharge},  {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:  a  small  fragment  of  a  burning  substance  thrown  out  by 
  burning  material  or  by  friction 
  v  1:  actuate;  "trigger  a  reaction"  [syn:  {trip},  {actuate},  {trigger}, 
  {activate},  {set  off},  {spark  off},  {trigger  off},  {touch 
  off}] 
  2:  emit  or  produce  sparks 
 
  From  The  Free  On-line  Dictionary  of  Computing  (13  Mar  01)  [foldoc]: 
 
  SPARK 
 
  An  annotated  subset  of  {Ada}  from  {PVL}  Ltd. 
 
  (1994-11-23) 
 
 




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