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Scintillate

verb
(past & past part. scintillated; pres. part. scintillating)
1.
Give off.
2.
Reflect brightly.  Synonyms: coruscate, sparkle.
3.
Emit or reflect light in a flickering manner.  Synonyms: twinkle, winkle.
4.
Physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon.
5.
Be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity.  Synonyms: coruscate, sparkle.  "A scintillating conversation" , "His playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"






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"Scintillate" Quotes from Famous Books



... polished of highbred And unreflecting graces, I scintillate o'er STREPHON's head At gala, rout or races; Mine is the black but comely blend, And mine the crowning touches That so demurely recommend The dandy ...
— Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 103, September 17, 1892 • Various

... feels his discomfiture the keenest. His heart is harrowed with mingled emotions—passions of varied complexion, all evil. His lips are livid with rage, his brow black with chagrin, while his eyes fairly scintillate ...
— The Flag of Distress - A Story of the South Sea • Mayne Reid

... and the gold embroidery was of the simplest. She would wear it without any jewellery whatever: except just a star in her hair. The result, as she viewed the effect in the long glass, quite satisfied her. Perhaps the jewelled star did scintillate rather. It had belonged to her mother. But her hair was so full of shadows: it wanted something to relieve it. Also she approved the curved line of her bare arms. It was certainly very beautiful, a woman's arm. She took her gloves in her hand ...
— All Roads Lead to Calvary • Jerome K. Jerome

... wander out again into the tree-shaded road near, and a sight of extraordinary splendour startles us. Every tree is brilliantly illuminated as if by a million points of electric light. You have seen an arc-light which seems to scintillate rays? These lights might be very tiny arc-lights, for each one vibrates in the intensity of its luminousness. We can see the outlines of the trees clearly. It is a wonderful evening for fire-flies. No one knows why on some nights they appear like this in countless thousands, ...
— Round the Wonderful World • G. E. Mitton

... The head of a man, without any body; with eyes in it that scintillate and see; a mouth that opens, and shows teeth; a throat from which issue sounds of human intonation; around this object of weird supernatural aspect, a group of wolves, and over it a flock ...
— The Death Shot - A Story Retold • Mayne Reid

... insinuate them into the instincts, into the most fundamental needs and appetites of those sitting there ... I see before me the possibility of a perfectly heavenly enchantment and spectacle:—it seems to me to scintillate with all the vibrations of a fine and delicate beauty, and within it there is an art so divine, so infernally divine, that one might search in vain for thousands of years for another such possibility; I see a spectacle so rich in significance ...
— The Antichrist • F. W. Nietzsche

... fellow able to scintillate like that at his own wedding," remarked the son of the Bishop to the best man's sister. "Usually they are so completely dashed by their own temerity in getting into such an irretrievable situation that they sit with ...
— The Indifference of Juliet • Grace S. Richmond



Words linked to "Scintillate" :   heavenly body, scintillant, be, reflect, coruscate, emit, sparkle, celestial body, scintilla, shine, beam, winkle, give off, fluoresce, give out, twinkle, scintillation



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