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Monday, April 25, 2005

Definitions for scintilla

  1. A tiny or scarcely detectable amount; the slightest particle; a trace; a spark.

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Citations for scintilla
In victory, they must hold on to at least a scintilla of humility, lest they get too cocky -- and ripe for a takedown. Bill Breen, Fast Company
I bear her not one scintilla of ill will, he said. Sarah Lyall, New York Times
Origin of scintilla
1685-1695
Scintilla is from Latin scintilla, "a spark, a glimmer, a faint trace." Also from scintilla is the verb scintillate, "to sparkle."