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.
Origin of scintillate
Examples from the Web for scintillate
Historical Examples of 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
verb (mainly intr)
Word Origin for scintillate
1620s, from Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare "to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash," from scintilla "spark" (see scintilla). Related: Scintillated; scintillating.