[kawr-uh-skey-shuh n, kor-]


the act of coruscating.
a sudden gleam or flash of light.
a striking display of brilliance or wit.

Origin of coruscation

First recorded in 1480–90, coruscation is from the Late Latin word coruscātiōn- (stem of coruscātiō). See coruscate, -ion Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for coruscation

flash, twinkle, gleam, flicker, sparkle, glimmer, glint, spark, glitter

British Dictionary definitions for coruscation



a gleam or flash of light
a sudden or striking display of brilliance, wit, etc
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Word Origin and History for coruscation

late 15c., from Latin coruscationem (nominative coruscatio), noun of action from past participle stem of coruscare "to vibrate, glitter" (see coruscate).

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coruscation in Medicine




A sensation of a flash of light before the eyes.
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