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verb scin·til·late \ˈsin-tə-ˌlāt\

Definition of SCINTILLATE

intransitive verb
:  to emit sparks :  spark
:  to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks :  sparkle <stars scintillate in the sky>
transitive verb
:  to throw off as a spark or as sparkling flashes <scintillate witticisms>
scin·til·la·tor \-ˌlā-tər\ noun


  1. <we watched contentedly as our campfire scintillated in the darkness>
  2. <the diamond ring scintillated in the sunlight>


Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare to sparkle, from scintilla spark
First Known Use: circa 1623



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Medical Dictionary


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

Medical Definition of SCINTILLATE

:  to produce scintillation


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