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scintillate

[ sin-tl-eyt ]
/ 藞s瑟n tl藢e瑟t /
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verb (used without object), scin路til路lat路ed, scin路til路lat路ing.
to emit sparks.
to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
to twinkle, as the stars.
Electronics. (of a spot of light or image on a radar display) to shift rapidly around a mean position.
Physics.
  1. (of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave) to fluctuate in a random manner.
  2. (of an energetic photon or particle) to produce a flash of light in a phosphor by striking it.
verb (used with object), scin路til路lat路ed, scin路til路lat路ing.
to emit as sparks; flash forth.
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Origin of scintillate

First recorded in 1615鈥25, scintillate is from the Latin word scintill膩tus (past participle of scintill膩re to send out sparks, flash). See scintilla, -ate1
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British Dictionary definitions for scintillate

scintillate
/ (藞s瑟nt瑟藢le瑟t) /

verb (mainly intr)
(also tr) to give off (sparks); sparkle; twinkle
to be animated or brilliant
physics to give off flashes of light as a result of the impact of particles or photons

Derived forms of scintillate

scintillant, adjectivescintillantly, adverb

Word Origin for scintillate

C17: from Latin scintill膩re, from scintilla a spark
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