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n. pl. scin·til·las
1. A minute amount; an iota or trace.
2. pl. also scin·til·lae (sĭn-tĭl′ē) A spark; a flash.

[Latin, spark.]

scin′til·lant adj.


a minute amount; hint, trace, or particle
[C17: from Latin: a spark]


(sɪnˈtɪl ə)

n., pl. -las.
a minute particle; spark; trace: not a scintilla of remorse.
[1685–95; < Latin: spark]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scintilla - a tiny or scarcely detectable amountscintilla - a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity - an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude
2.scintilla - a sparkling glittering particle
subatomic particle, particle - a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions
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Animators familiar with Toonz software will find the Scintillae plug-in easy to use because once installed, it's easily found on the Xsheet module of Toonz software as a new main FX folder.
Although animators will continue to hand-draw close-up effects shots that require detail and accuracy, the Scintillae particles engine gives you the capability of generating realistic layers of atmospheric effects, such as fog or snow, quickly and easily.
Scott Vanzo, Director of Computer Graphics at Rough Draft Studio, whose projects include Mike Judge's Beavis and Butthead and The Maxx, beta tested the Scintillae Plug-in.