Definition of Scintillation

1. Noun. (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle.

Category relationships: Natural Philosophy, Physics
Generic synonyms: Light, Visible Light, Visible Radiation
Derivative terms: Scintillate



2. Noun. A rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash.
Exact synonyms: Sparkling, Twinkle
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Derivative terms: Scintillate, Sparkle, Twinkle, Twinkle

3. Noun. A brilliant display of wit.
Generic synonyms: Brilliance, Genius
Derivative terms: Scintillate

4. Noun. The quality of shining with a bright reflected light.
Exact synonyms: Glisten, Glister, Glitter, Sparkle
Generic synonyms: Brightness
Derivative terms: Glisten, Glitter, Glittery, Scintillate, Sparkle

5. Noun. The twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight.
Generic synonyms: Fluctuation, Wavering
Derivative terms: Scintillate

Definition of Scintillation

1. n. The act of scintillating.

Definition of Scintillation

1. Noun. A flash of light; a spark ¹

2. Noun. (astronomy) The twinkling of a star caused by turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere ¹

3. Noun. (physics) The flash of light produced by a phosphor when it absorbs ionizing radiation ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Scintillation

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Scintillation

1. 1. Flashing or sparkling; a subjective sensation as of sparks or flashes of light. 2. In radiation measurement, the light produced by an ionizing event in a phosphor, as in a crystal or liquid scintillator. See: scintillation counter. Origin: L. Scintilla, a spark (05 Mar 2000)

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Literary usage of Scintillation

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1. A Complete Course of Meteorology by Ludwig Friedrich Kämtz, Léon Louis Chrétien Lalanne, Charles Martins (1845)
"This scintillation is much more remarkable in the fixed stars than in the planets; ... However, when the scintillation of the stars is very great, ..."

2. Scientific Papers by John William Strutt Rayleigh (1903)
"ON THE THEORY OF STELLAR scintillation. [Philosophical Magazine, xxxvi. pp. 129—142, 1893.] ARAGO'S theory of this phenomenon is still perhaps the most ..."

3. Elements of Astronomy by Robert Stawell Ball (1886)
"scintillation.—Robert Hook in 1667 had ascertained that the scintillation of the stars is due to ... For the general theory of scintillation see— Montigny, ..."

4. Elements of Astronomy by Robert Stawell Ball (1880)
"scintillation.—Robert Hook in 1667 had ascertained that the scintillation of the stars is due ... For the general theory of scintillation see— Montigny, ..."

5. Elements of Astronomy by Robert Stawell Ball (1910)
"scintillation. — Robert Hook in 1667 had ascertained that the scintillation of the stars is due ... For the general theory of scintillation see — Montigny, ..."

6. Cosmos: A Sketch of a Physical Description of the Universe by Alexander von Humboldt (1851)
"The most remarkable feature in the phenomenon of the stars' scintillation is their change of colour. This change is of much more frequent occurrence than ..."

7. The Cyclones of the Far East by José Algué (1904)
"The scintillation of the stars and transparency of the air. ... From these remarks the reader may judge what value is to be attached to the scintillation of ..."

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