Span"gle (?), n. [OE. spangel, dim. of AS. spange. See Spang a spangle.]


A small plate or boss of shining metal; something brilliant used as an ornament, especially when stitched on the dress.


Figuratively, any little thing that sparkless.

"The rich spangles that adorn the sky."


Oak spangle. See under Oak.


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Span"gle, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Spangled (?); p. pr. & vb. n. Spangling (?).]

To set or sprinkle with, or as with, spangles; to adorn with small, distinct, brilliant bodies; as, a spangled breastplate.


What stars do spangle heaven with such beauty? Shak.

Spangled coquette Zool., a tropical humming bird (Lophornis reginae). See Coquette, 2.


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Span"gle, v. i.

To show brilliant spots or points; to glisten; to glitter.

Some men by feigning words as dark as mine Make truth to spangle, and its rays to shine. Bunyan.


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