- a flash of light from the ionization of a phosphor struck by an energetic photon or particle.
- random fluctuation of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave.
Examples from the Web for scintillation
A Burmese gong: briefly and magically the stage, the audience, the amazing gleam and scintillation of the Opera, faded.The Place of Honeymoons|Harold MacGrath
One, of an unrivalled blue, with a head of rubies, outvies with its scintillation the red-hot coal.The Insect|Jules Michelet
It is sad that I can remember nothing of all this scintillation.The Moon and Sixpence|W. Somerset Maugham
In the midst of his scintillation he abruptly paused and sat listening.Corporal Cameron|Ralph Connor
So long as we can get a scintillation of their meaning we must be satisfied.Flowers of Freethought|George W. Foote
British Dictionary definitions for scintillation
Word Origin and History for scintillation
1620s, from Latin scintilationem (nominative scintillatio), noun of action from past participle stem of scintillare (see scintillate).