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 (kôr′ə-skāt′, kŏr′-)
intr.v. cor·us·cat·ed, cor·us·cat·ing, cor·us·cates
1. To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter: diamonds coruscating in the candlelight.
2. To exhibit sparkling virtuosity: a flutist whose music coruscated throughout the concert hall.

[Latin coruscāre, coruscāt-, to flash.]

cor′us·ca′tion n.


1. a gleam or flash of light
2. a sudden or striking display of brilliance, wit, etc


(ˌkɔr əˈskeɪ ʃən, ˌkɒr-)

1. a sudden gleam or flash of light.
2. a striking display of brilliance or wit.
[1480–90; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.coruscation - the occurrence of a small flash or spark
flash - a sudden intense burst of radiant energy
2.coruscation - a sudden or striking display of brilliance; "coruscations of great wit"
genius, brilliance - unusual mental ability


A sudden quick light:
References in classic literature ?
The newspapers and magazines that fed the American mind--for books upon this impatient continent had become simply material for the energy of collectors--were instantly a coruscation of war pictures and of headlines that rose like rockets and burst like shells.
When he turned his head quickly his hair seemed to shake out light, and some persons thought they saw decided genius in this coruscation.
One more coruscation, my dear Watson--yet another brain-wave
199) And what is laughter save a coruscation of the delight of the soul, that is to say, a light appearing outwardly according as it exists within?
Ben-Ami Scharfstein, adopting the "aesthetical" model, sees this coruscation of thought as the end itself: "It would be easiest on us if we accepted our inevitable disagreements as simply a heightening of our intellectual adventure".