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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.
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1. a gleam or flash of light
2. a sudden or striking display of brilliance, wit, etc
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(ˌkɔr əˈskeɪ ʃən, ˌkɒr-)

1. a sudden gleam or flash of light.
2. a striking display of brilliance or wit.
[1480–90; < Late Latin]
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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
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A sudden quick light:
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When he turned his head quickly his hair seemed to shake out light, and some persons thought they saw decided genius in this coruscation. Mr.
One more coruscation, my dear Watson--yet another brain-wave!
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.
Her eyes dwelt affectionately on Green Gables, peering through its network of trees and reflecting the sunlight back from its windows in several little coruscations of glory.
Why, on the outside cover were printed every month the words of one of the world's great writers, words proclaiming the inspired mission of the TRANSCONTINENTAL by a star of literature whose first coruscations had appeared inside those self-same covers.
Mrs Verloc was sitting in the place where poor Stevie usually established himself of an evening with paper and pencil for the pastime of drawing these coruscations of innumerable circles suggesting chaos and eternity.
Bright flashes of flame shot up here and there, along the margin of the waste, like the nimble coruscations of the North, but far more angry and threatening in their colour and changes.
[but here] the dense play of roman and italic type (sometimes further unsettled by Greek), the visual interruptions worked by stage directions (both tabular registers and prose descriptions), and, above all, the printed marginalia, with their pointed clog of abbreviation and textual reference--the combined effect of all this is to produce a textual coruscation that disrupts the easy symmetries of verse array.
" In the classroom, "the noise was moving and growing," the "noise was amazing," "a sudden coruscation of sonic energy"; it's a "verbal jungle," where "the noise was like orange marmalade" or a "typhoon" or "a massive molten fondue." Even amid this cacophony, the novelist also remains alert to the sounds within the Sound--the "general zippage of backpacks," the expensive pencil sharpener that's "higher pitched than the middle-school sharpener." Baker is always shushing his charges, whether they're first graders or high schoolers, and students are always shushing one another.