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scintillating

[sin-tl-ey-ting] /ˈsɪn tlˌeɪ tɪŋ/
adjective
1.
animated; vivacious; effervescent:
a scintillating personality.
2.
witty; brilliantly clever:
a scintillating conversationalist; a play full of scintillating dialogue.
Origin of scintillating
1880-1885
1880-85; scintillate + -ing1
Related forms
scintillatingly, adverb
unscintillating, adjective

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
1615-25; < Latin scintillātus (past participle of scintillāre to send out sparks, flash). See scintilla, -ate1
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  • Through them the calm, blue sky looks down in wonder, and sheds a scintillating radiance on their path.

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  • He threw himself full on the point of the scintillating vibroblade.

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  • scintillating in the spring sunshine, more lustrous than all, I saw a child-bud burst into a maiden flower.

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  • His satire is keen, but delicate, and his wit is scintillating and brilliant.

  • Her scintillating look swept again over Tess from head to foot.

    The Secret of the Storm Country Grace Miller White
  • The wall behind was aglow with a dancing, scintillating light.

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  • Lower down, the granite was of scintillating gray, and seemed ground to powder beneath our feet.

British Dictionary definitions for scintillating

scintillating

/ˈsɪntɪˌleɪtɪŋ/
adjective
1.
sparkling; twinkling
2.
animated or brilliant
Derived Forms
scintillatingly, adverb

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 scintillating

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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