AskDefine | Define sparkle

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1 brightness and animation of countenance; "he had a sparkle in his eye" [syn: spark, light]
2 the occurrence of a small flash or spark [syn: glitter, coruscation]
3 the quality of glittering or sparkling brightly [syn: glitter, glister, glisten, scintillation]


1 reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside" [syn: scintillate, coruscate]
2 be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity; "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throught the concert hall" [syn: scintillate, coruscate]
3 emit or produce sparks; "A high tension wire, brought down by a storm, can continue to spark" [syn: spark]
4 form bubbles; "The boiling soup was frothing"; "The river was foaming"; "Sparkling water" [syn: foam, froth, fizz, effervesce]

User Contributed Dictionary





  1. A little spark; a scintillation.
  2. Brilliancy; luster; as, the sparkle of a diamond.


  1. To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles; to shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle; as, the blazing wood sparkles; the stars sparkle.
    • A mantelet upon his shoulder hanging Bretful of rubies red, as fire sparkling. -- Chaucer.
  2. To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
    • I see bright honor sparkle through your eyes. --- Milton.
  3. To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.
  4. To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
    • Did sparkle forth great light. -- Spenser
  5. In the context of "transitive|obsolete": To disperse.
The Landgrave hath sparkled his army without any further enterprise. State Papers.
  1. In the context of "transitive|obsolete": To scatter on or over.


Extensive Definition

Sparkle can have several meanings:
sparkle in French: Sparkle (homonymie)

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