verb (used without object), scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing.
- (of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave) to fluctuate in a random manner.
- (of an energetic photon or particle) to produce a flash of light in a phosphor by striking it.
verb (used with object), scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing.
Examples from the Web for scintillate
The expiring heat of the departed sun made them scintillate and shimmer in a soft and undulating light.Eleven Possible Cases|Frank R. Stockton
They did not scintillate, but rather glistened with a steady greenish lustre.The Scalp Hunters|Mayne Reid
Merely to look at you would make the dullest set of people in London wake up and scintillate.In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
It is hardly noticeable save for the stars α and β of third magnitude, which scintillate on its forehead.Astronomy for Amateurs|Camille Flammarion
A man with savoir faire may scintillate in a crowd, but it takes a "bashful man" to shine in a dim cozy corner.A Guide to Men|Helen Rowland
British Dictionary definitions for scintillate
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for scintillate
Word Origin and History for scintillate
1620s, from Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare "to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash," from scintilla "spark" (see scintilla). Related: Scintillated; scintillating.