Muriel (Sarah) (Camberg) 1918–2006, British novelist and writer, born in Scotland.
a fiery particle thrown out or left by burning material or caused by the friction of two hard surfaces
anything that serves to animate, kindle, or excite
a trace or hint: she doesn’t show a spark of interest
vivacity, enthusiasm, or humour
a small piece of diamond, as used in the cutting of glass
(intransitive) to give off sparks
(intransitive) (of the sparking plug or ignition system of an internal-combustion engine) to produce a spark
(transitive) often foll by off. to kindle, excite, or animate
a fashionable or gallant young man
(Brit) generally (ironic) bright spark, a person who appears clever or witty: some bright spark left the papers next to the open window
(rare) to woo (a person)
Dame Muriel (Sarah). 1918–2006, British novelist and writer; her novels include Memento Mori (1959), The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), The Takeover (1976), A Far Cry from Kensington (1988), Symposium (1990), and The Finishing School (2004)
Old English spearca, from Proto-Germanic *spark- (cf. Middle Low German sparke, Middle Dutch spranke, not found in other Germanic languages). Electrical sense dates from 1748. Slang sense of “a gallant, a beau, a lover” (c.1600) is perhaps a figurative use, but also perhaps from cognate Old Norse sparkr “lively.” Spark plug first recorded 1903 (sparking plug is from 1902); figurative sense of “one who initiates or is a driving force in some activity” is from 1941.
c.1300, from spark (n.). Slang meaning “stimulate, to trigger” first attested 1912. Related: Sparked; sparking.
To masturbate; jack off, milk the lizard (1990s+)
see: make the sparks fly
[myoo r-ahyn, -in] /ˈmyʊər aɪn, -ɪn/ adjective 1. belonging or pertaining to the Muridae, the family of rodents that includes the mice and rats. noun 2. a murine rodent. /ˈmjʊəraɪn; -rɪn/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the Muridae, an Old World family of rodents, typically having long hairless tails: includes rats and […]
noun 1. any of several grayish, brownish, or russet opossums of the genus Marmosa, inhabiting forests of Central and South America, often having a black, masklike marking on the face.
- Murine typhus
murine typhus n. A comparatively mild, acute, endemic form of typhus caused by the microorganism Rickettsia typhi, transmitted from rats to humans by fleas and characterized by fever, headache, and muscular pain. Also called endemic typhus.
[mur-jahyt] /ˈmɜr dʒaɪt/ noun, Islam. 1. a member of a sect asserting that a man cannot be judged by his present or past actions and that such judgment must be left to God.