scintillate

verb scin·til·late \ ˈsin-tə-ˌlāt \

Definition of scintillate

scintillated; scintillating
intransitive verb
1 :to emit sparks :spark
2 :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

scintillator

play \ˈsin-tə-ˌlā-tər\ noun

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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

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The Sparkling History of scintillate

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

scintillate Synonyms

Synonyms
spark, sparkle
Related Words
flash, shine, twinkle; blaze, burn, combust, flame, flare (up), glow, light (up), radiate, spark

Medical Dictionary

scintillate

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

medical Definition of scintillate

scintillated; scintillating
:to produce scintillation


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