spark off
To initiate something by providing the necessary conditions.

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  • spark — ► NOUN 1) a small fiery particle thrown off from a fire, alight in ashes, or caused by friction. 2) a light produced by a sudden disrupted electrical discharge through the air. 3) a discharge such as this serving to ignite the explosive mixture… …   English terms dictionary

  • spark — [[t]spɑ͟ː(r)k[/t]] ♦♦♦ sparks, sparking, sparked 1) N COUNT A spark is a tiny bright piece of burning material that flies up from something that is burning. The fire gradually got bigger and bigger. Sparks flew off in all directions. 2) N COUNT A …   English dictionary

  • spark — I UK [spɑː(r)k] / US [spɑrk] verb Word forms spark : present tense I/you/we/they spark he/she/it sparks present participle sparking past tense sparked past participle sparked * 1) a) spark or spark off [transitive] mainly journalism to make… …   English dictionary

  • spark — I. /spak / (say spahk) noun 1. an ignited or fiery particle such as is thrown off by burning wood, etc., or produced by one hard body striking against another. 2. Electricity a. the light produced by a sudden discontinuous discharge of… …   Australian English dictionary

  • spark — 1 noun 1 FIRE (C) a very small bit of brightly burning material produced by a fire or by hitting or rubbing together two hard objects: In a gas leak, any small spark will cause an explosion. | a shower of sparks from the fire 2 ELECTRICITY (C) a… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Off-the-Record Messaging — Off the Record Messaging, commonly referred to as OTR, is a cryptographic protocol that provides strong encryption for instant messaging conversations. OTR uses a combination of the AES symmetric key algorithm, the Diffie–Hellman key exchange,… …   Wikipedia

  • spark — spark1 [spärk] n. [ME sperke < OE spearca, akin to MDu sparke < IE base * sp(h)er(e) g , to strew, sprinkle > SPRINKLE, L spargere] 1. a glowing bit of matter, esp. one thrown off by a fire 2. any flash or sparkle of light like this 3. a …   English World dictionary

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