from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To throw off sparks; flash.
  • intransitive v. To sparkle or shine. See Synonyms at flash.
  • intransitive v. To be animated and brilliant: dinner conversation that scintillated.
  • transitive v. To give off (sparks or flashes).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To emit sparks, or fine igneous particles.
  • intransitive v. To sparkle, as the fixed stars.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To emit sparks; hence, to sparkle or twinkle, as the fixed stars.
  • Synonyms Sparkle, Glister, etc. (see glare, intransitive verb) coruscate.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon
  • v. reflect brightly
  • v. be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
  • v. give off
  • v. emit or reflect light in a flickering manner


Latin scintillāre, scintillāt-, from scintilla, spark.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare ("to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash"), from scintilla ("a spark") (Wiktionary)



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