(of a source of light) to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer
* Sir Isaac Newton
- We could see the lights of the village twinkling in the distance.
* Sir Walter Scott
- These stars do not twinkle when viewed through telescopes that have large apertures.
(chiefly, of eyes) to be bright with delight
- The western sky twinkled with stars.
to bat, blink or wink the eyes
* Mrs. Juliet M. Hueffer Soskice, "Reminiscences of an Artist's Granddaughter",
- His shrewd little eyes twinkled roguishly.
- She smiled and gave a little nod and twinkled her eyes
to flit to and fro
* Dorothy Gilman, "Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle"
- The owl fell a moping and twinkling .
- A butterfly twinkled among the vines
a sparkle or glimmer of light
* Robert De Beaugrande, "Text, Discourse, and Process",
a sparkle of delight in the eyes.
- Soon the rocket was out of sight, and the flame was only seen as a tiny twinkle of light.
a flitting movement
* James Russell Lowell, "Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell",
- He was a rotund, jolly man with a twinkle in his eye.
- I saw the twinkle of white feet,
From (etyl) (m), (m), equivalent to .
A little spark; a scintillation.
- As sparkles from the anvil rise, / When heavy hammers on the wedge are swayed.
- The shock was sufficiently strong to strike out some sparkles of his fiery temper.
- the sparkle of a diamond.
From (etyl) (m), (m), (m), equivalent to .
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.
* , chapter=5
The Mirror and the Lamp
, passage=Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled
in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.}}
To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce; as, sparkling wine.
To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
* Did sparkle forth great light. — Spenser
(obsolete) To disperse.
* The Landgrave hath sparkled his army without any further enterprise. — State Papers.
(obsolete) To scatter on or over.
- I see bright honour sparkle through your eyes.
* shine, glisten, scintillate, radiate, coruscate, glitter, twinkle