spark-v; 2 Senses

Sense Number 1: start, stimulate or incite an activity

She sparked the flame that would forever change the course of history.
This proposal will almost certainly spark another countrywide debate.
The recent interest rises have sparked new problems for the government.
It sparked an interest that developed as I got to know the garden worthy varieties.
A cheering crowd sparked the runner to triumph.

VerbNet: engender-27
FrameNet: Cause_to_start
PropBank: spark.01
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 1

Sense Number 2: produce or emit sparks

It sparked for a split second and gave me a small shock that later resulted in a headache.
Electric power cables sparked and broke due to a brief storm.

VerbNet: NM
FrameNet: Setting_fire
PropBank: NM
WordNet 3.0 Sense Numbers: 2