Definition of Scintillate

1. Verb. Give off. "The substance scintillated sparks and flashes"

Related verbs: Twinkle, Winkle
Generic synonyms: Emit, Give Off, Give Out
Derivative terms: Scintillation

2. Verb. Reflect brightly. "The horizon is scintillateing with lights"; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"
Exact synonyms: Coruscate, Sparkle
Generic synonyms: Reflect, Shine
Derivative terms: Coruscant, Coruscation, Scintillant, Scintillation, Sparkle, Sparkle, Sparkler, Sparkling

3. Verb. Emit or reflect light in a flickering manner. "The coins scintillate "; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
Exact synonyms: Twinkle, Winkle
Category relationships: Celestial Body, Heavenly Body
Generic synonyms: Beam, Shine
Derivative terms: Scintilla, Scintillant, Scintillation, Twinkle, Twinkler

4. Verb. Physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon. "The phosphor fluoresced"
Generic synonyms: Fluoresce
Derivative terms: Scintillation

5. Verb. Be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity. "His playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"
Exact synonyms: Coruscate, Sparkle
Generic synonyms: Be
Derivative terms: Coruscation, Scintillation, Sparkle

Definition of Scintillate

1. v. i. To emit sparks, or fine igneous particles.

Definition of Scintillate

1. Verb. (intransitive) To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow. ¹

2. Verb. (transitive) To throw off like sparks. ¹

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Medical Definition of Scintillate

1. 1. To emit sparks, or fine igneous particles. "As the electrical globe only scintillates when rubbed against its cushion." (Sir W. Scott) 2. To sparkle, as the fixed stars. Origin: L. Scintillare, scintillatum, from scintilla a spark. Cf. Stencil. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Scintillate

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1. A Critical Pronouncing Dictionary, and Expositor of the English Language John Walker by John Walker (1806)
"In such a manner as to produce knowledge. To scintillate, sm'til-late, vn SCIMITAR, .... scintillate ..."

2. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, George Bliss, Samuel Kneeland, John Trowbridge, Charles Robert Cross (1859)
"I was glad to learn that on the peak of Teneriffe the stars appeared to scintillate faintly. This was exactly conformable to the observations I made during ..."

3. The Annual of Scientific Discovery, Or, Year-book of Facts in Science and Art by David Ames Wells, Charles Robert Cross, John Trowbridge, Samuel Kneeland, George Bliss (1859)
"Montigny is correct, a violet star, like a red star, ought to scintillate less feebly, because it is composed of homogeneous light. If, on the other hand, ..."

4. The Book of Humorous Verse by Carolyn Wells (1920)
"When torrid Phoebus refuses his presence And ceases to lamp with fierce incandescence, Then you illumino the regions supernal. scintillate, scintillate ..."

5. A Whimsey Anthology by Carolyn Wells (1906)
""Thanks, teacher dear," the scholars cried, and awe crept darkly o'er 'em. THE LITTLE STAR T id-bits. scintillate scintillate, globule ..."

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