Spark vs Flash - What's the difference?

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As nouns the difference between spark and flash

is that spark is a small particle of glowing matter, either molten or on fire or spark can be a gallant, a foppish young man while flash is a sudden, short, temporary burst of light or flash can be a pool.

As verbs the difference between spark and flash

is that spark is to trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc) or spark can be to woo, court while flash is to briefly illuminate a scene.

As an adjective flash is

expensive-looking and demanding attention; stylish; showy.

Other Comparisons: What's the difference?

spark

English

(wikipedia spark)

Etymology 1

From Middle English sparke, sperke, from Old English spearca, from (etyl) ).

Noun

(en noun)
  • 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.
  • * Shakespeare
  • if any spark of life be yet remaining
  • * John Locke
  • We have here and there a little clear light, some sparks of bright knowledge .
  • * 2013 , Phil McNulty, "[http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/23830980]", BBC Sport , 1 September 2013:
  • 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.
  • (in plural'' sparks ''but treated as a singular ) A ship's radio operator.
  • (UK, slang) An electrician.
  • Synonyms
    * gnast * beginnings, germ, glimmer
    Derived terms
    * sparkle * bright spark * spark arrester * spark coil * spark gap * spark knock * spark of life * spark plug * spark transmitter * sparks fly

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To trigger, kindle into activity (an argument, etc).
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2012 , date=May 5 , author=Phil McNulty , title=Chelsea 2-1 Liverpool , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , 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.
  • Derived terms
    * spark off * sparkle

    Etymology 2

    probably Scandinavian, akin to (etyl) sparkr 'sprightly'

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A gallant, a foppish young man.
  • * Prior
  • The finest sparks and cleanest beaux.
  • A beau, lover.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To woo, court.
  • Derived terms

    * sparkish * sparker

    References

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    Anagrams

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    flash

    English

    (wikipedia flash)

    Etymology 1

    In some senses, from (etyl) flasshen, a variant of flasken, , related to (m).

    Verb

    (es)
  • To briefly illuminate a scene.
  • :
  • To blink; to shine or illuminate intermittently.
  • :
  • *
  • *:Breezes blowing from beds of iris quickened her breath with their perfume; she saw the tufted lilacs sway in the wind, and the streamers of mauve-tinted wistaria swinging, all a-glisten with golden bees; she saw a crimson cardinal winging through the foliage, and amorous tanagers flashing like scarlet flames athwart the pines.
  • To be visible briefly.
  • :
  • *, chapter=5
  • , title= 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 make visible briefly.
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  • :
  • (lb) To break forth like a sudden flood of light; to show a momentary brilliance.
  • *(Thomas Talfourd) (1795–1854)
  • *:names which have flashed and thundered as the watch words of unnumbered struggles
  • *(Matthew Arnold) (1822-1888)
  • *:The object is made to flash upon the eye of the mind.
  • * (1809-1892)
  • *:A thought flashed through me, which I clothed in act.
  • To flaunt; to display in a showy manner.
  • :
  • To communicate quickly.
  • :
  • :
  • (lb) To write to the memory of an updatable component such as a BIOS chip or games cartridge.
  • :
  • (lb) To release the pressure from a pressurized vessel.
  • (lb) To perform a .
  • To move, or cause to move, suddenly
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=January 11, author=Jonathan Stevenson, work=BBC
  • , title= West Ham 2-1 Birmingham , passage=But they survived some real pressure as David Murphy flashed a header inches wide of Rob Green's right-hand post
  • (lb) To cover with a thin layer, as objects of glass with glass of a different colour.
  • To trick up in a showy manner.
  • *(Antony Brewer) (fl.1655)
  • *:Limning and flashing it with various dyes.
  • To strike and throw up large bodies of water from the surface; to splash.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:He rudely flashed the waves about.
  • (lb) To telephone a person, only allowing the phone to ring once, in order to request a call back.
  • :
  • To evaporate suddenly. See (Flash evaporation).
  • To climb (a route) successfully on the first attempt.
  • Synonyms
    * (to briefly illuminate) glint * (telephoning) beep
    Derived terms
    * flashback * flasher * flashforward * flashing * flashlight * flash up
    See also
    * gleam

    Noun

    (es)
  • A sudden, short, temporary burst of light.
  • (figurative) A sudden and brilliant burst, as of wit or genius.
  • * Shakespeare
  • the flash and outbreak of a fiery mind
  • * Wirt
  • No striking sentiment, no flash of fancy.
  • (linguistics) A language, created by a minority to maintain cultural identity, that cannot be understood by the ruling class; for example, Ebonics.
  • A very short amount of time.
  • * Francis Bacon
  • The Persians and Macedonians had it for a flash .
  • * 1876, , The Adventures of Tom Sawyer ,
  • Quick—something must be done! done in a flash , too! But the very imminence of the emergency paralyzed his invention.
  • * 2011 , Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England [http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport2/hi/football/15195384.stm]
  • Fabio Capello insisted Rooney was in the right frame of mind to play in stormy Podgorica despite his father's arrest on Thursday in a probe into alleged betting irregularities, but his flash of temper - when he kicked out at Miodrag Dzudovic - suggested otherwise.
  • Material]] left around the edge of a [[mould, moulded part at the parting line of the mould.
  • (Cockney) The strips of bright cloth or buttons worn around the collars of market traders.
  • (US, colloquial) A flashlight or electric torch.
  • * 1939 , (Raymond Chandler), The Big Sleep , Penguin 2011, p. 34:
  • I reached a flash out of my car pocket and went down-grade and looked at the car.
  • A light used for photography - a shortened form of camera flash.
  • (juggling) A pattern where each prop is thrown and caught only once.
  • (archaic) A preparation of capsicum, burnt sugar, etc., for colouring liquor to make it look stronger.
  • Synonyms
    * gleam, glint * (material left around the edge of a mould) moulding flash, molding flash
    Antonyms
    * (very short amount of time) aeon
    Hypernyms
    * light
    Derived terms
    * antiflash * camera flash * flashy * flashbulb * flash flood * flash in the pan * flash memory * flash photography * flash point * flashproof * in a flash * quick as a flash
    See also
    * sparkle, shimmer, glimmer, twinkle

    Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Expensive-looking and demanding attention; stylish; showy.
  • * 1892 , Banjo Paterson,
  • The barber man was small and flash , as barbers mostly are,
    He wore a strike-your-fancy sash, he smoked a huge cigar;
  • (UK, of a person) Having plenty of ready money.
  • (UK, of a person) Liable to show off expensive possessions or money.
  • (US, slang) Occurring very rapidly, almost instantaneously.
  • References

    * * For the sense ‘a short period of time’, the 1858 Notes and Queries of Martim de Albuquerque was consulted. From page 437 of the sixth volume of the second series, published in London by Bell & Dally, 186 Fleet Street, in 1858 : *: Ought we not to collect for posterity the various ways in which very short times are denoted. Besides the one at the head, there are, — in no time, in next to no time, in less than no time, in a trice, in a jiffy, in a brace of shakes, before you can say Jack Robinson, in a crack, in the squeezing of a lemon, in the doubling of your fist, in the twinkling of an eye, in a moment, in an instant, in a flash.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) flasche, flaske; compare (etyl) flache, (etyl) flaque, which is of (etyl) origin, akin to Middle Dutch .

    Noun

    (es)
  • A pool.
  • (Halliwell)
  • (engineering) A reservoir and sluiceway beside a navigable stream, just above a shoal, so that the stream may pour in water as boats pass, and thus bear them over the shoal.
  • Derived terms
    * flash wheel

    Anagrams

    * English ergative verbs ----