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Saturday, May 03, 2014

Definitions for scintillate

  1. to twinkle, as the stars.
  2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
  3. to emit sparks.

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Citations for scintillate
My wit is all of the p.m. variety, and never scintillates in the morning. Ellen Thorneycroft Fowler, A Double Thread, 1899
Aldebaran was a spot of blood-red fire, and Sirius condensed to one point the light of a world of sapphires. And they shone steadily: they did not scintillate, they were calmly glorious. H.G. Wells, Under the Knife, 1896
Origin of scintillate
Scintillate is related to the Latin scintillāre meaning "to send out sparks, flash." It entered English in the early 1600s.