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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.


intr.v. scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing, scin·til·lates
1. To send forth light in flashes; sparkle. See Synonyms at flash.
2. To be scintillating: dinner conversation that scintillated.

[Latin scintillāre, scintillāt-, from scintilla, spark.]

scin′til·lant adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.scintillant - having brief brilliant points or flashes of lightscintillant - having brief brilliant points or flashes of light; "bugle beads all aglitter"; "glinting eyes"; "glinting water"; "his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent"; "shop window full of glittering Christmas trees"; "glittery costume jewelry"; "scintillant mica"; "the scintillating stars"; "a dress with sparkly sequins"; "`glistering' is an archaic term"
bright - emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts; "the sun was bright and hot"; "a bright sunlit room"
References in classic literature ?
They fill my soul with Beauty (which is Hope), And are far up in Heaven -- the stars I kneel to In the sad, silent watches of my night; While even in the meridian glare of day I see them still -- two sweetly scintillant Venuses, unextinguished by the sun!
It seemed the forest now or nothing, and I was just on the point of motioning Tars Tarkas to follow me in that direction when the sun passed the cliff's zenith, and as the bright rays touched the dull surface it burst out into a million scintillant lights of burnished gold, of flaming red, of soft greens, and gleaming whites--a more gorgeous and inspiring spectacle human eye has never rested upon.
Of all the holy of holies which the thern venerates and worships none is more revered than the yellow wig which covers his bald pate, and next thereto comes the circlet of gold and the great diadem, whose scintillant rays mark the attainment of the Tenth Cycle.
Moving through the sunlit garden at the side of the great Warlord, the scintillant rays of his countless gems enveloping him as in an aureole of light imparted to his noble figure a suggestion of godliness.
For a half hour the torrents fell--then the sun burst forth, jeweling the forest with a million scintillant gems; but today the ape-man, usually alert to the changing wonders of the jungle, saw them not.
But the flashes were more brilliant than the rainbow--purest blue, most delicate violet, brightest yellow, and all the intermediary shades, with the scintillant brilliancy of the diamond, dazzling, blinding, iridescent.
La Ford GT '67 Heritage Edition arbore un exterieur couleur [beaucoup moins que]race red[beaucoup plus grand que] scintillant, traverse par les celebres bandes blanches.
The following summer, he debuted at Glyndebourne, in a new production of Ravel's two scintillant one-acters, L'heure espagtiole and L'enfant et les sortileges.
Impermanence takes scintillant form in her effervescent glassworks, which taunt her with their fragility in the course of blowing them.
Une pro-surfeuse dans le Web vernaculaire Dans la fenetre du navigateur, une multitude d'images et de GIFs animes juxtaposes ou superposes defilent sur un fond scintillant.
Les valeurs sont pietinees et la fraude est consideree comme un astre scintillant.
A noir, (Un blanc), I roux, U safran, O azur: Nous saurons au jour dit ta vocalisation: A, noir carcan poilu d'un scintillant morpion Qui bombinait autour d'un nidoral impur,