from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A small, often circular piece of sparkling metal or plastic sewn especially on garments for decoration.
- n. A small sparkling object, drop, or spot: spangles of sunlight.
- transitive v. To adorn or cause to sparkle by covering with or as if with spangles: Lights spangled the night skyline.
- intransitive v. To sparkle in the manner of spangles.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A small piece of sparkling metallic material sewn on to a garment as decoration; a sequin.
- n. Any small sparkling object.
- v. To sparkle, flash or coruscate.
- v. To fix spangles to a garment.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small plate or boss of shining metal; something brilliant used as an ornament, especially when stitched on the dress.
- n. Figuratively, any little thing that sparkless.
- transitive v. To set or sprinkle with, or as with, spangles; to adorn with small, distinct, brilliant bodies.
- intransitive v. To show brilliant spots or points; to glisten; to glitter.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small piece of glittering material, such as metal foil; hence, any small sparkling object.
- n. One of the small metal clasps used in fastening the tapes and wires of a hoop-skirt.
- n. A spongy excrescence on the oak. See oakspangle.
- To set or cover with many small bright objects or points; especially, to decorate with spangles. as a garment.
- To glitter; glisten, like anything set with spangles.
- n. One of many small, somewhat triangular spots on the wing of a pigeon or fowl.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. glitter as if covered with spangles
- v. decorate with spangles
- n. adornment consisting of a small piece of shiny material used to decorate clothing
Middle English spangel, diminutive of spange, from Middle Dutch, clasp; see (s)pen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English spangel ("a small piece of ornamental metal; a small ornament") (Wiktionary)