Definition of scintillate
scintillatorplay \-ˌlā-tər\ noun
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Examples of scintillate in a sentence
we watched contentedly as our campfire scintillated in the darkness
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
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