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spark(
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A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
noun
1. (ignited particle)
a. la chispa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Sparks flew out of the fire onto the blanket, but we managed to smother them.Saltaron chispas de fuego a la manta, pero logramos apagarlas.
2. (liveliness)
a. la chispa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
Your friend's a really fun person to be around. She's got a lot of spark.Es muy divertido estar con tu amiga. Tiene mucha chispa.
3. (trace)
a. la pizca
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The guy doesn't have a spark of intelligence, but he works hard.El tipo no tiene una pizca de inteligencia, pero es trabajador.
b. la chispa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
There's at least a spark of decency left in Laura.Al menos todavía le queda una chispa de decencia a Laura.
4.
A phrase used as a figure of speech or a word that is symbolic in meaning; metaphorical (e.g. carrot, bean).
(figurative)
(cause)
a. la chispa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
The assassination of the Archduke was the spark that caused the outbreak of World War I.El asesinato del archiduque fue la chispa que provocó el estallido de la Primera Guerra Mundial.
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (to throw sparks)
a. echar chispas
When I started the engine, it made a bang and started to spark.Cuando arranqué el motor, hizo bum y empezó a echar chispas.
b. chispear
The machinery sparked, shuddered, and then exploded.La maquinaria chispeó, se estremeció y después estalló.
c. chisporrotear
The fire crackled and sparked, and we bundled up to get warm.El fuego crujía y chisporroteaba, y nosotros nos abrigamos para entrar en calor.
A transitive verb is a verb that requires a direct object (e.g. I bought a book.).
transitive verb
6. (to cause)
a. provocar
The administration's new policy sparked a lot of criticism from the middle class.La nueva política de esta administración provocó muchas críticas de la clase media.
b. desatar
The mass shooting sparked a lot of debates about gun control.El atentado desató mucho debate sobre el control de armas.
c. desencadenar
The scandal sparked a series of events that would ruin his career.El escándalo desencadenó una serie de sucesos que acabaría con su carrera.
d. despertar (interest)
Something about the cover of the book sparked my interest.Algo en la portada del libro despertó mi interés.
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spark
A noun is a word referring to a person, animal, place, thing, feeling or idea (e.g. man, dog, house).
Noun
1. (electrical, from fire)
a. la chispa
(f) means that a noun is feminine. Spanish nouns have a gender, which is either feminine (like la mujer or la luna) or masculine (like el hombre or el sol).
(F)
2. (fig)
a.
sparks flewsalían chispas
3. (fig)
a.
he hasn't a spark of imaginationno tiene ni gota or chispa de imaginación
4. (aut)
a.
spark plugbujía f
An intransitive verb is one that does not require a direct object (e.g. The man sneezed.).
intransitive verb
5. (general)
a. echar chispas
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spark [spɑːk]
noun
1 (from fire, Elec) chispa (f)
to make the sparks fly provocar una bronca
they struck sparks off each other por efecto mutuo hacían chispear el ingenio
2 (trace, hint) pizca (f)
the book hasn't a spark of interest el libro no tiene ni pizca de interés; there's not a spark of life about it no tiene ni un átomo de vida
3 sparks (Náut) telegrafista (m); (Cine) (TV) iluminista (m); (Electricity and Electronics) electricista (m)
transitive verb
(also spark off) provocar
intransitive verb
chispear; echar chispas
modifier
spark gap (n) entrehierro (m)
spark plug (n) (Aut) bujía (f)
Collins Complete Spanish Electronic Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
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