coruscate

verb cor·us·cate \ ˈkȯr-ə-ˌskāt , ˈkär- \
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of coruscate

coruscated; coruscating
intransitive verb
1 :to give off or reflect light in bright beams or flashes :sparkle
2 :to be brilliant or showy in technique or style

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Examples of coruscate in a Sentence

  1. a classic car from the 1950s, replete with yards of coruscating chrome

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Did You Know?

To help you gain a flash of recognition next time you see "coruscate" (or to prompt you when you need a brilliant synonym for "sparkle"), remember this bit of bright imagery by George Bernard Shaw, describing a centuries-old abbey: "O'er this north door a trace still lingers / Of how a Gothic craftsman's fingers / Could make stones creep like ivy stems / And tilings coruscate like gems." Or you could just remember that "coruscate" developed from Latin coruscare, which means "to flash." That word also gave us the noun "coruscation" ("glitter" or "sparkle") and the adjective "coruscant" ("shining" or "glittering").

Origin and Etymology of coruscate

Latin coruscatus, past participle of coruscare to flash



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