scintillate: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (sin'tl-āt"), [key]
— v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.
  1. to emit sparks.
  2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
  3. to twinkle, as the stars.
  4. (of a spot of light or image on a radar display) to shift rapidly around a mean position.
    1. (of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave) to fluctuate in a random manner.
    2. (of an energetic photon or particle) to produce a flash of light in a phosphor by striking it.
  1. to emit as sparks; flash forth.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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