scintillation

noun
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

Examples of scintillation in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Wang found hallmarks of scintillation from six galaxies at once. Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 But Wang found hallmarks of scintillation from six galaxies at once. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 Feb. 2021 Detecting scintillation from distant galaxies is very rare. Star Tribune, 24 Feb. 2021 Detecting scintillation from distant galaxies is very rare. Max G. Levy, Wired, 24 Feb. 2021 This chain undulates and moves with remarkable fluidity and scintillation, adding texture and flashes of brilliance, but the centerpiece is, of course, this extraordinary Melo Melo. Stellene Volandes, Town & Country, 20 Feb. 2021 Family celebrations are more about support and solidarity than scintillation. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, 29 Aug. 2020 The Tibet ASgamma experiment spotted the photons using an array of nearly 600 scintillation detectors, sensors that turn particle strikes into electronic signals. Dennis Normile, Science | AAAS, 8 July 2019 The clarity scale for natural and lab diamonds, for example, goes from FL for flawless to included (I1, I2, and I3) for stones with inclusions (small imperfections) that are obvious under 10× magnification and affect scintillation. Mandy Behbehani, SFChronicle.com, 10 June 2019

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First Known Use of scintillation

1585, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of scintillation was in 1585

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“Scintillation.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scintillation. Accessed 7 Dec. 2021.

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scintillation

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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