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scin·til·la

 (sĭn-tĭl′ə)
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.

scintilla

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

scin•til•la

(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