AskDefine | Define scintillate

Dictionary Definition



1 give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
2 reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside" [syn: sparkle, coruscate]
3 emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?" [syn: twinkle, winkle]
4 physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon; "the phosphor fluoresced"
5 be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity; "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throught the concert hall" [syn: sparkle, coruscate]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈsɪn.tɪl.eɪt/ /"sIn.tIl.eIt/


  1. To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow.
  2. To throw off like sparks.




Extensive Definition

Scintillation can refer to:
scintillate in German: Szintillation
scintillate in Dutch: Scintillatie
scintillate in French: Scintillation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

be brilliant, be merry with, blink, coruscate, crack a joke, crack wise, fleer at, fun, gibe at, glance, gleam, glimmer, glint, glisk, glisten, glister, glitter, jape, jest, joke, josh, kid, kid around, make a funny, make fun, make fun of, mock, play on words, poke fun at, pun, quip, ridicule, scoff at, shimmer, spangle, spark, sparkle, tinsel, twinkle, utter a mot, wisecrack
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