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scintillate (v.)

1620s, from Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare "to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash," from scintilla "spark" (see scintilla). Related: Scintillated; scintillating.

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Definitions of scintillate

scintillate (v.)
give off;
the substance scintillated sparks and flashes
scintillate (v.)
reflect brightly;
Synonyms: sparkle / coruscate
scintillate (v.)
emit or reflect light in a flickering manner;
Synonyms: twinkle / winkle
scintillate (v.)
physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon;
scintillate (v.)
be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity;
Synonyms: sparkle / coruscate
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