- animated; vivacious; effervescent: a scintillating personality.
- witty; brilliantly clever: a scintillating conversationalist; a play full of scintillating dialogue.
Origin of scintillating
- 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
Related Words for scintillatingbrilliant, exciting, dazzling, sparkling, lively, animated, twinkling, gleaming, smart, shining, glimmering, glinting, flashing, clever, ebullient, sprightly, witty
Examples from the Web for scintillating
Contemporary Examples of scintillating
With some scintillating play, Die Oranje backed up their standing as dark horses for the tournament.World Cup Primer
June 12, 2010
And thus as scintillating, as thrilling as they often are to watch, they also come tinged with tragedy for those who “blew it.”
And thus as scintillating, as thrilling as they often are to watch, they also come tinged with tragedy for those who "blew it."
Historical Examples of scintillating
Oh, life was one scintillating cluster breast-pin of ecstasies!Dr. Sevier
George W. Cable
It remained on the crest, however, frozen and scintillating.The Trimming of Goosie
Light, everywhere light; scintillating, dancing, swinging light!The Lure of the Mask
He threw himself full on the point of the scintillating vibroblade.Unwise Child
Gordon Randall Garrett
His satire is keen, but delicate, and his wit is scintillating and brilliant.Early Western Travels, 1748-1846, Volume XII
- sparkling; twinkling
- animated or brilliant
- (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 for scintillate
1620s, from Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare "to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash," from scintilla "spark" (see scintilla). Related: Scintillated; scintillating.