• WordNet 3.6
    • n scintillation the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
    • n scintillation the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
    • n scintillation a brilliant display of wit
    • n scintillation a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
    • n scintillation (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Scintillation A spark or flash emitted in scintillating. "These scintillations are . . . the inflammable effluences discharged from the bodies collided."
    • Scintillation The act of scintillating.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n scintillation The act of scintillating, or emitting sparks or spark-like flashes of light; the act of sparkling.
    • n scintillation A flash; a spark.
    • n scintillation Specifically, the twinkling or tremulous motion of the light of the larger fixed stars. By shaking the head, so as to elongate the image, it is seen that not merely the intensity, but also the color of the light varies. See scintillometer.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Scintillation act of throwing out sparks: shining with a twinkling light
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. scintillatio,: cf. F. scintillation,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L., a spark.


In literature:

I overdid it, she thought in terror, as she recalled her scintillating remarks and elaborate manner.
"The Californians" by Gertrude Franklin Horn Atherton
Light, everywhere light; scintillating, dancing, swinging light!
"The Lure of the Mask" by Harold MacGrath
The most brilliant thing in the room was that wonderful jewel, glowing and scintillating like blood-red fire.
"The Paternoster Ruby" by Charles Edmonds Walk
The steam valves should be opened just sufficiently to overcome this scintillating action.
"Steam, Its Generation and Use" by Babcock & Wilcox Co.
But at first nothing more, save the fire-flies scintillating in its shadow.
"The Death Shot" by Mayne Reid
But his eyes scintillated with fiery gleams.
"The Albert Gate Mystery" by Louis Tracy
His small dark eyes were scintillating every way at once: above, around him, and into the water.
"The Scalp Hunters" by Mayne Reid
At first they are of purest white; but when the scintillations begin, they take on every colour of the rainbow.
"On the Indian Trail" by Egerton Ryerson Young
Their peculiar scintillation, their lesser size, the wide space between them all convinced me they were not deer's eyes.
"The Hunters' Feast" by Mayne Reid
Exultantly they examined the scintillating jet or iridescent sequins.
"Carl and the Cotton Gin" by Sara Ware Bassett

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
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
Said Jones: "I'm glad my wife's not clever;
Her intellect is second-rate.
If she was witty she would never
Give me a chance to scintillate;
But cap my humorous endeavour
And make me seem as addle-pate."
"Three Wives" by Robert W Service
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 .
One of the most exciting, scintillating economists in the world, Noble Laureate and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman joined us a few months before the recent election, along with panelists Kyrie O'Connor, Mo Rocca and Simon Amstell.
DENVER – East Lincoln High's Garrett Young and Hopewell High's Tijuan Sifford each threw five touchdown passes as East Lincoln held on for a scintillating 61-59 victory Friday night at David Clark Stadium.
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.
The laborious act of physical rebuilding and personal recovery becomes a scintillating theme for Joy Castro's compelling mystery fiction debut.
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.
Does Grandpa Joe archive all of your family's facts and dates in his head—not to mention all those lesser-known scintillating tidbits.
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.
A top-notch agenda of internationally renowned keynote speakers and scintillating sessions has been planned for members of the ASIS International CSO Roundtable.
Even for lawyers, the Federal Register is not the most scintillating read.
It takes time and it's not exactly scintillating.

In science:

Scintil lating fibre detectors The purpose of scintillating fibre (SciFi) detectors in the COMPASS experiment is to provide tracking of incoming and scattered beam particles as well as of all other charged reaction products in and very near the centre of the primary beam.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
The scintillation light is guided by clear (not scintillating) fibres of lengths between 0.5 m and 3 m.
The COMPASS Experiment at CERN
KEYWORD S : Particle tracking detectors; Scintillators and scintillating fibres and light guides.
Hadron beam test of a scintillating fibre tracker system for elastic scattering and luminosity measurement in ATLAS
The trigger was based on a 30 × 30 mm2 plastic scintillator and its signal was put in coincidence with the signal from a second scintillator that had dimensions similar to the active area of the particular ALFA prototype used.
Hadron beam test of a scintillating fibre tracker system for elastic scattering and luminosity measurement in ATLAS
Figure 3-11: Homogeneity of a scintillator strips. Left: Kuraray scintillator with a WLSF. Middle: Kuraray without WLSF.
CALICE Report to the Calorimeter R&D Review Panel