Definition of scintillate in English:

scintillate

Line breaks: scin¦til|late
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪntɪleɪt
 
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verb

[no object]
1Emit flashes of light; sparkle: the sleek boat seemed to scintillate with a dark blue light
More example sentences
  • 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.
Synonyms
1.1 Physics Fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or photon: a zinc sulphide screen scintillated when it was struck by an alpha particle
More example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

early 17th century: from Latin scintillat- 'sparkled', from the verb scintillare, from scintilla 'spark'.

Derivatives

scintillant

adjective & noun
More 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.

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