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Scintillate Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    scintillate v
  1. give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
  2. reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside" [syn: sparkle, coruscate]
  3. emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?" [syn: twinkle, winkle]
  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 throught the concert hall" [syn: sparkle, coruscate]
Scintillate Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Scintillate \Scin"til*late\, v. i. [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.
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