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[ UK /sˈɪntɪlˌe‍ɪt/ ]
  1. be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
    The musical performance sparkled
    A scintillating conversation
    his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall
  2. physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon
    the phosphor fluoresced
  3. give off
    the substance scintillated sparks and flashes
  4. reflect brightly
    Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside
  5. emit or reflect light in a flickering manner
    Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?
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How To Use scintillate In A Sentence

  • She hears her bright scintillate voice echoing in the handsomely furnished sitting room. MIDDLE AGE: A ROMANCE
  • From time to time, as if to remove some dust, he filliped with his nail the silk of the scarves spread out at full length, and they rustled with a little noise, making in the green twilight the gold spangles of their tissue scintillate like little stars. Madame Bovary
  • The large crowds which attend these lavish events in the ‘marriage season’ may be a bit talkative and restless, but always scintillate with so much feminine glamour and radiance all around.
  • The saber hums and scintillates with a distinct sound.
  • If zinc sulfide were added to the mix at the dry gel stage, the resultant glassy substance should scintillate with the radiation of the waste. Archive 2008-01-01
  • Robert Green's handling error aside, they would not have shipped at all in Group C. Slovenia, of course, did not scintillate often as an attacking force but when they did threaten, Terry made an impression. World Cup 2010: John Terry back at the heart of England's hopes
  • In his Anthology of the Middle State, his strong sense of tragic consciousness scintillate through the lives of poets, epitaphs and poems, telling us his internal solitude and pains.
  • What has mattered in Hodgkin's art, and still does, is not simply a brilliant way with colour, although it would be hard to find many painters of the past 100 years who could out-scintillate a work such as that bedroompicture, with its chromatic suggestion of coals glowing in a blackened grate. Howard Hodgkin - the last English romantic painter
  • Huge blocks topped and overtopped one another, only to serve as pedestals for great white masses, which blazed and scintillated in the sun like monstrous jewels. CHAPTER 25
  • Piano Concerto #15's opening allegro, for example, scintillates like sunlight on a choppy lake.
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