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scintillate

[sin-tl-eyt] /ˈsɪn tlˌeɪt/
verb (used without object), scintillated, scintillating.
1.
to emit sparks.
2.
to sparkle; flash:
a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
3.
to twinkle, as the stars.
4.
Electronics. (of a spot of light or image on a radar display) to shift rapidly around a mean position.
5.
Physics.
  1. (of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave) to fluctuate in a random manner.
  2. (of an energetic photon or particle) to produce a flash of light in a phosphor by striking it.
verb (used with object), scintillated, scintillating.
6.
to emit as sparks; flash forth.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; < Latin scintillātus (past participle of scintillāre to send out sparks, flash). See scintilla, -ate1
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Examples for scintillate
  • Liquids which scintillate include toluene and xylene.
  • Now when they meet one they expect her to scintillate.
British Dictionary definitions for scintillate

scintillate

/ˈsɪntɪˌleɪt/
verb (mainly intransitive)
1.
(also transitive) to give off (sparks); sparkle; twinkle
2.
to be animated or brilliant
3.
(physics) to give off flashes of light as a result of the impact of particles or photons
Derived Forms
scintillant, adjective
scintillantly, adverb
Word Origin
C17: from Latin scintillāre, from scintilla a spark
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Word Origin and History for scintillate
v.

1620s, from Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare "to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash," from scintilla "spark" (see scintilla). Related: Scintillated; scintillating.

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