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scin·til·la·tion

 (sĭn′tl-ā′shən)
n.
1. The act of scintillating.
2. A spark; a flash.
3. Astronomy Rapid variation in the light of a celestial body caused by turbulence in Earth's atmosphere; a twinkling.
4. Physics A flash of light produced in a phosphor by absorption of an ionizing particle or photon.

scintillation

(ˌsɪntɪˈleɪʃən)
n
1. the act of scintillating
2. a spark or flash
3. (Astronomy) the twinkling of stars or radio sources, caused by rapid changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere, the interplanetary medium, or the interstellar medium, producing uneven refraction of starlight
4. (General Physics) physics a flash of light produced when a material scintillates

scin•til•la•tion

(ˌsɪn tlˈeɪ ʃən)

n.
1. the act of scintillating.
2. a spark or flash.
3. the twinkling or tremulous effect of the light of the stars.
4. a flash of light from the ionization of a phosphor struck by an energetic photon or particle.
[1615–25; < Medieval Latin scintillātiō twinkling of the stars. See scintillate, -tion]

scintillation

the process of giving of sparks or flashes, used of wit or humor and of the twinkling of the stars.
See also: Processes
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.scintillation - (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle
natural philosophy, physics - the science of matter and energy and their interactions; "his favorite subject was physics"
light, visible light, visible radiation - (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation; "the light was filtered through a soft glass window"
2.scintillation - a rapid change in brightnessscintillation - a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
alteration, change, modification - an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another; "the change was intended to increase sales"; "this storm is certainly a change for the worse"; "the neighborhood had undergone few modifications since his last visit years ago"
3.scintillation - a brilliant display of wit
genius, brilliance - unusual mental ability
4.scintillation - the quality of shining with a bright reflected lightscintillation - the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
brightness - the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
5.scintillation - the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
wavering, fluctuation - the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes; "he kept a record of price fluctuations"

scintillation

noun
Sparkling, brilliant light: