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[kawr-uh-skeyt, kor-] /ˈkɔr əˌskeɪt, ˈkɒr-/
verb (used without object), coruscated, coruscating.
to emit vivid flashes of light; sparkle; scintillate; gleam.
Origin of coruscate
1695-1705; < Latin coruscātus past participle of coruscāre to quiver, flash; see coruscant, -ate1 Unabridged
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  • 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


(intransitive) to emit flashes of light; sparkle
Derived Forms
coruscating, adjective
Word Origin
C18: from Latin coruscāre to flash, vibrate
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Word Origin and History for coruscating



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.

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