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scintillate

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Scintillate \Scin"til*late\, verb (used without an object) [imp. & p. p. {Scintillated}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Scintillating}.] [L. scintillare, scintillatum, from scintilla a spark. Cf. {Stencil}.]

1. To emit sparks, or fine igneous particles.

As the electrical globe only scintillates when rubbed against its cushion. --Sir W. Scott.

2. To sparkle, as the fixed stars.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

scintillate

verb

1: give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"

2: reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside" [syn: {sparkle}, {scintillate}, {coruscate}]

3: emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?" [syn: {twinkle}, {winkle}, {scintillate}]

4: physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon; "the phosphor fluoresced"

5: be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity; "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall" [syn: {sparkle}, {scintillate}, {coruscate}]


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