scin·​til·​la·​tion | \ ˌsin-tə-ˈlā-shən How to pronounce scintillation (audio) \

Definition of scintillation

1 : an act or instance of scintillating especially : rapid changes in the brightness of a celestial body
2a : a spark or flash emitted in scintillating
b : a flash of light produced in a phosphor by an ionizing event
3 : a brilliant outburst (as of wit)
4 : a flash of the eye

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There’s no power pop this week, just sultry, seductive scintillation. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Head Into the Sultry Dog Days With This Weekend’s Playlist," 8 Aug. 2014

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First Known Use of scintillation

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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noun, often attributive
scin·​til·​la·​tion | \ ˌsint-ᵊl-ˈā-shən How to pronounce scintillation (audio) \

Medical Definition of scintillation

: a flash of light produced in a phosphor by an ionizing event

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