Scintillate meaning

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To scintillate is to give off or emit flashes of light, or to sparkle.

When a diamond sparkles in the sunshine, this is an example of when it scintillates.

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To give off (sparks, flashes, etc.)
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(intransitive) To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow.
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To throw off like sparks.
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To send forth light in flashes; sparkle.
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To be scintillating.

Dinner conversation that scintillated.

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To give off sparks; flash; sparkle.
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To sparkle intellectually; be brilliant and witty.
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To twinkle, as a star.
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Origin of scintillate

  • Latin scintillāre scintillāt- from scintilla spark

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare (“to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash"), from scintilla (“a spark")

    From Wiktionary