Definition of scintillate in English:
1Emit flashes of light; sparkle.
- Concerts are held here on summer evenings, with the room scintillating to the light of two thousand reflected candles.
- Walking in the night air along the Bosphorus where the city light scintillated on the water, I envied the dervishes their passion, their longing and their faith.
- He has proven himself a prodigious master of the qanun, an 81-string Arabic zither, his dexterous plucking unlocking the instrument's potential to scintillate and shine.
1.1 Physics Fluoresce momentarily when struck by a photon or charged particle.
- He was working on a method for identifying quasars through a discovery in the mid 1960s that quasars scintillate (fluctuate in detected intensity of their radio emissions) more than less compact radio sources.
early 17th century: from Latin scintillat- 'sparkled', from the verb scintillare, from scintilla 'spark'.
- Example sentences
- But the flashes were more brilliant than the rainbow - purest blue, most delicate violet, brightest yellow, and all the intermediary shades, with the scintillant brilliancy of the diamond, dazzling, blinding, iridescent.
- Mine was a Bearded Silver Muskelunge of surpassing beauty and poignancy with mica-chip eyes and a hint of rakish scintillant teeth.
- Her dress was held up by a spaghetti strap tank-top and it was a scintillant shade of baby blue, falling a little above her knees.
Pronunciation: /-ənt/adjective& noun
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