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scintillate

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verb scin·til·late \ˈsin-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of scintillate

scintillated

scintillating

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to emit sparks :  spark

  3. 2 :  to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks :  sparkle <stars scintillate in the sky>

  4. transitive verb
  5. :  to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes <scintillate witticisms>

scintillator

play \-ˌlā-tər\ noun


Examples of scintillate in a sentence

  1. <we watched contentedly as our campfire scintillated in the darkness>

  2. <the diamond ring scintillated in the sunlight>



Did You Know?

In addition to its literal use, scintillate can mean "to sparkle" in a figurative sense - that is, to be lively, or to perform brilliantly. It is also frequently seen in its adjectival form, scintillating, with the meaning "very clever, amusing, and interesting," as in a scintillating discussion. The history of scintillate began with a spark - or with the Latin word for "spark," at least. That word, scintilla, is also the source of other words in English. There is scintilla itself (used as a noun meaning "a little bit"), scintillant (an adjective describing something that scintillates), and scintillation (which, among other things, means "a brilliant outburst").

Origin and Etymology of scintillate

Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare to sparkle, from scintilla spark


First Known Use: circa 1623


Medical Dictionary

scintillate

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intransitive verb scin·til·late \ˈsint-əl-ˌāt\

Medical Definition of scintillate

scintillated

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scintillating

  1. :  to produce scintillation





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