• WordNet 3.6
    • v scintillate be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity "The musical performance sparkled","A scintillating conversation","his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"
    • v scintillate physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon "the phosphor fluoresced"
    • v scintillate emit or reflect light in a flickering manner "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
    • v scintillate reflect brightly "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"
    • v scintillate give off "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scintillate To emit sparks, or fine igneous particles. "As the electrical globe only scintillates when rubbed against its cushion."
    • Scintillate To sparkle, as the fixed stars.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • scintillate To emit sparks; hence, to sparkle or twinkle, as the fixed stars.
    • scintillate Synonyms Sparkle, Glister, etc. (see glare, intransitive verb) coruscate.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Scintillate to throw out sparks: to sparkle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scintillare, scintillatum, from scintilla, a spark. Cf. Stencil
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., a spark.


In literature:

For scintillant wit and unflagging good humour, read his essays on the Teeth, the Hair and the Stomach.
"When Winter Comes to Main Street" by Grant Martin Overton
Rosina buried the poor, weak, little scintillation at once and stamped on its grave in hot haste.
"A Woman's Will" by Anne Warner
In a few minutes she was a black blur against the scintillating snow.
"Colorado Jim" by George Goodchild
The rays of the sun, striking on them, made them scintillate in the midst of the black wooden crosses.
"Sentimental Education, Volume II" by Gustave Flaubert
He is uniformly objective, scintillating, cold, often frivolous, and not always chaste.
"Jewish Literature and Other Essays" by Gustav Karpeles
A number of small shining objects began to dance and scintillate in the darkness beyond.
"The Quadroon" by Mayne Reid
In sullen silence, we eye each other, with scintillating glances watching for the signal.
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Scintillation or twinkling of the stars is a property which distinguishes them from the planets.
"The Astronomy of Milton's 'Paradise Lost'" by Thomas Orchard
Then another scintillating flash of lightning, and the beast caught it full in the face.
"Rose O'Paradise" by Grace Miller White
They recorded hours of matchless talk, ingenuous debate, brilliant wit, scintillating intellect.
"Beside Still Waters" by Arthur Christopher Benson

In poetry:

I must confess it rolls along,
In scintillating streams of bliss;
Until it mingles with my song—
And thrills me like a pulsing kiss.
"Love and Fear Contest" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Slim o'er the tree-tops weighed with white
The country church's spire doth swell,
A scintillating icicle,
While fitfully the village light
"The White Evening" by Madison Julius Cawein
HIS ruby cheek made orient crimson pale,
His gelid hair did stiffen in the gale;
Like silv'ry wire it glitter'd in the ray,
And scintillating sparklets strew'd his way.
"Frost" by Charlotte Dacre
How often have I lingered there,
To have my simple thought dome teem,
With fancy's fictions of the fair,
And catch a glimpse of beauty beam,
Scintillate and dazzle there.
"My Delight" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
As she ceased and leaned on a cabinet,--
A curve of scintillant steel, keen, cold,--
Fell icily clashing; some curio met
Among Asian antiques, bronze and gold,
Mystical, curiously graven and set.
"My Lady Of Verne" by Madison Julius Cawein
Let me gaze upon the sunshine as it breaks upon the mist,
As it bathes the stony mountains that the clouds have lately kissed,
As it tips the dripping leaflet with a scintillating gem,
Like the far-resplendent treasure in a monarch's diadem.
"The Summer Shower" by Lennox Amott

In news:

LONDON, England, August 31 ANOTHER day, another assault on the world records at the 2012 Paralympics, including scintillating performances by Jessica Long and Andre Brasil .
AZTV7/Cable 13, Me-TV 7.2, RTV 7.3, Phoenix-Prescott, Comes Up with Scintillating Collection of Diamond Earrings.
Hillsdale, Norwayne football teams set for scintillating rematch.
Top Fuel finalists Antron Brown, Spencer Massey on course for scintillating championship.
Duke City and Big Apple tag-team for scintillating show.
Scintillating Griffin ranks as Big 12's fifth-best player.
Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns basketball team cooled considerably after a scintillating first half but still took an easy win over Loyola-New Orleans, 92-72 before 1,459 at the Cajundome.
Will Davison swept to a hat-trick of pole positions for V8 Supercars' Yas Marina triple-header with a scintillating late rally in qualifying.
Teammate Yohan Blake takes 100m in scintillating 9.69 seconds.
Babeland stores are offering "Fifty Shades" classes inspired by the scintillating series.
Not much more than a week ago—though it now feels a lot longer—baseball spoiled us with four scintillating division series.
The buzz this week has been about first-round draft pick David Wilson, coming off his scintillating performance against the Saints last week.
After Wednesday's scintillating start against the Miami Marlins, consider him a member of merit.
Even for lawyers, the Federal Register is not the most scintillating read.
It takes time and it's not exactly scintillating.

In science:

New modules using “phoswich” scintillators, a compound of a thin fast scintillator to detect α and a thick slow scintillator for electrons, will improve the discrimination between the 2 particles. A second prototype, BiPo2, using large scintillator plates (0.56 m2 ) will also be tested in LSM before this summer.
BiPo prototype for SuperNEMO radiopurity measurements
The scintillation properties of ZnWO4 crystal scintillators are presented in Table 1. Some of the univalent dopants can substantially improve scintillation characteristics.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
Light-guides made of a scintillation material with different (relative to a main scintillation detector) scintillation decay time can serve as active anticoincidence detectors .
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
Stryganyuk, "Effect of impurity segregation on the properties of single-crystal scintillators", presented at Workshop on Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA (RPSCINT ’2008), 9 - 10 September 2008, Institute for Nuclear Research, Kyiv, Ukraine. 14. L.
Proceedings of the 1st International Workshop "Radiopure Scintillators for EURECA" (RPScint'2008)
We present preliminary results of an analysis of hadronic events in the combined system under test at CERN in 2006 and 2007, comprising a SiW ECAL, a scintillator tile HCAL and a scintillator strip tail catcher, the latter two with SiPM readout.
Hadronic showers in the CALICE calorimeter prototypes