Also found in: Thesaurus, Legal, Wikipedia.
Related to scintilla: Scintilla juris


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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.


a minute amount; hint, trace, or particle
[C17: from Latin: a spark]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014


(sɪnˈtɪl ə)

n., pl. -las.
a minute particle; spark; trace: not a scintilla of remorse.
[1685–95; < Latin: spark]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
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
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in classic literature ?
Not a scintilla of these was lost on Porthos; and at every one he uttered an exclamation which betrayed to his friend that he had not lost sight of the idea which possessed his brain.
The five UP students, members of the Scintilla Juris fraternity, were released around April, Edgar Venturina, the father of Dennis, said in Filipino in an interview on Wednesday with AM radio station DZMM.
But if Gradi wants to scrape around for one scintilla of support in the report, he could point out that he co-operated and Sir Geoff Hurst, who dismissed Heath shortly after taking over as Chelsea manager, refused to.
The judge said there was "not a scintilla of truth" in a claim the victim was attacked after making a comment about a 15-year-old girl.
Heller who had seen the video, said, "Did not see one scintilla of criminal culpability on the part of Cuba Gooding."
Not a single contender for the vacant Tory leadership has offered her a scintilla of hope they will waver from Theresa May's position on the issue and accede to her request for IndyRef2.
With the hemp and CBD supplies from Yunnan Masheng secured, Shenzhen Yunma will build manufacturing capacity to potentially deliver hundreds of metric tons of CBD annually to the global markets.Sorrento has also formed a new business unit, Scintilla Health, with LifeTech Scientific International Investment Limited, as a 20% minority holder, to explore commercial opportunities of Sorrento's water-soluble CBD for both consumer and pharmaceutical applications in North America, Europe and other parts of the world.
"Once identified and there's scintilla of evidence, I myself will lead the investigation against them.
The Brown Group CEO Toby Brown, Black Scintilla store CEO Rachael Gruntmeir, and Waters Edge Winery CEO Adam Edwards discussed what they had learned since starting their operations.
AS we seem to be hopelessly galloping towards a Brexit - burning bridges, building bonfires and banging drums as we go, I looked around to find a scintilla of comfort as we return to isolation.
As previously reported by Sorrento on 8 August 2016, Scintilla Pharmaceuticals, Inc., a subsidiary of Sorrento, and Scilex entered into a binding term sheet setting forth the terms and conditions by which Scintilla would purchase all of the issued and outstanding equity of Scilex.