follow Dictionary.com

Your favorite word could be our Word of the Day!

coruscate

[kawr-uh-skeyt, kor-] /ˈkɔr əˌskeɪt, ˈkɒr-/
verb (used without object), coruscated, coruscating.
1.
to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
Origin
1695-1705
1695-1705; < Latin coruscātus past participle of coruscāre to quiver, flash; see coruscant, -ate1
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
Examples from the web for coruscating
  • Not only does he tell a fascinating story, he tells it in crisp, coruscating prose.
  • The barge chugs around an island, the morning sun now coruscating brilliantly off the water's surface.
  • It is a powerful, coruscating instrument, this muscular partnership of words and music.
  • Each of these coruscating meteors, he affirmed, must tell of the ignition of a bit of cosmic matter entering the earths.
  • And there is also, frankly, the coruscating grip of bureaucracy which has not been broken in the organization.
British Dictionary definitions for coruscating

coruscate

/ˈkɒrəˌskeɪt/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to emit flashes of light; sparkle
Derived Forms
coruscating, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin coruscāre to flash, vibrate
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for coruscating

coruscate

v.

1705, from Latin coruscatus, past participle of coruscare "to vibrate, glitter," perhaps from PIE *(s)ker- (2) "leap, jump about" (cf. scherzo). Related: Coruscated; coruscating.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for coruscate

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for coruscating

16
0
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for coruscating