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Definitions for scintillate
ˈsɪn tlˌeɪtscin·til·late

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. scintillateverb

    give off

    "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"

  2. sparkle, scintillate, coruscateverb

    reflect brightly

    "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"

  3. twinkle, winkle, scintillateverb

    emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

    "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"

  4. scintillateverb

    physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon

    "the phosphor fluoresced"

  5. sparkle, scintillate, coruscateverb

    be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity

    "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"


  1. scintillateverb

    To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow.

  2. scintillateverb

    To throw off like sparks.

  3. Etymology: From scintillatus, past participle of, from

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary


    To sparkle; to emit sparks.

    Etymology: scintillo, Latin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Scintillateverb

    to emit sparks, or fine igneous particles

  2. Scintillateverb

    to sparkle, as the fixed stars

  3. Etymology: [L. scintillare, scintillatum, from scintilla a spark. Cf. Stencil.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of scintillate in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of scintillate in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

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    the act of making a noisy disturbance
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