From Middle English sparke, sperke, from Old English spearca, from (etyl) ).
A small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire.
A short or small burst of electrical discharge.
A small, shining body, or transient light; a sparkle.
(figuratively) A small amount of something, such as an idea, that has the potential to become something greater, just as a spark can start a fire.
* John Locke
- if any spark of life be yet remaining
* 2013 , Phil McNulty, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23830980]", BBC Sport , 1 September 2013:
- We have here and there a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge .
(in plural'' sparks ''but treated as a singular ) A ship's radio operator.
(UK, slang) An electrician.
- Everton's Marouane Fellaini looks one certain arrival but Moyes, who also saw United held to a draw by Chelsea at Old Trafford on Monday, needs even more of a spark in a midfield that looked laboured by this team's standards.
* beginnings, germ, glimmer
* bright spark
* spark arrester
* spark coil
* spark gap
* spark knock
* spark of life
* spark plug
* spark transmitter
* sparks fly
To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
, date=May 5
, author=Phil McNulty
, title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=The introduction of substitute Andy Carroll sparked
Liverpool into life and he pulled a goal back just after the hour - and thought he had equalised as Kenny Dalglish's side laid siege to Chelsea's goal in the closing stages.}}
To give off a spark or sparks.
* spark off
probably Scandinavian, akin to (etyl) sparkr 'sprightly'
A gallant, a foppish young man.
A beau, lover.
- The finest sparks and cleanest beaux.
Shortened from (hobby-horse), from (etyl) hoby, hobyn, .
The meaning of hobby-horse shifted from "small horse, pony" to "child's toy riding horse" to "favorite pastime or avocation" with the connecting notion being "activity that doesn't go anywhere". Possibly originally from a proper name for a horse, a diminutive of (Robert) or (Robin) (compare (dobbin)).
An activity that one enjoys doing in one's spare time.
(horses) An extinct breed of horse native to the British Isles, also known as the
- I like to collect stamps from different countries as a hobby .
* (activity done for enjoyment in spare time ): avocation, pastime
From (etyl) hobet, from , diminutive of (hobe).
Any of four species of small falcons in the genus Falco'', especially ''Falco subbuteo .
* 2011 , Thomas Penn, Winter King , Penguin 2012, p. 323:
- He hawked – from nearby Esher, Richard Fox sent a servant with a hobby , which Henry received enthusiastically – and hunted, sending a present of freshly slaughtered deer to Princess Mary.
* (African hobby), Falco cuvierii
* (Australian hobby), Falco longipennis
* (Eurasian hobby), Falco subbuteo
* (Oriental hobby), Falco severus