- 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.
- (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.
- to emit as sparks; flash forth.
Origin of scintillate
Examples from the Web for scintillate
They did not scintillate, but rather glistened with a steady greenish lustre.The Scalp Hunters
And they shone steadily: they did not scintillate, they were calmly glorious.The Plattner Story and Others
H. G. Wells
Whenever he writes of himself, his pen seems fairly to scintillate.The Unmasking of Robert-Houdin
He may have been an excellent ostler, but did not scintillate as an officers' steward.Pincher Martin, O.D.
H. Taprell Dorling
It should be well burnt, and should not scintillate or smoke.The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis
Frederick Hutton Getman
- (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
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.