intr.v. spar·kled, spar·kling, spar·kles
1. To give off sparks.
a. To give off or reflect flashes of light; glitter: "The night seemed very large and still, and the stars sparkled like frost in the black sky" (Laura Ingalls Wilder). "The diamonds sparkled in a sunset ray that came through the slats of the shutters" (Edith Wharton). See Synonyms at flash.
b. To be reflected in small flashes of light: "The light of the rising moon sparkled on the sea" (Arthur C. Clarke).
3. To be brilliant in performance.
4. To make or contain witty or intelligently lively remarks: Their conversation sparkled all evening.
5. To release gas bubbles; effervesce: Champagne sparkles.
1. A small spark or gleaming particle.
2. A glittering quality.
3. Brilliant animation; vivacity.
4. Emission of gas bubbles; effervescence.
[Middle English sparklen, frequentative of sparken, to spark; see SPARK1.]
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