- 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