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scin·til·late

 (sĭn′tl-āt′)
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.
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scintillate

(ˈsɪntɪˌleɪt)
vb (mainly intr)
1. (also tr) to give off (sparks); sparkle; twinkle
2. to be animated or brilliant
3. (General Physics) physics to give off flashes of light as a result of the impact of particles or photons
[C17: from Latin scintillāre, from scintilla a spark]
ˈscintillant adj
ˈscintillantly adv
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scin•til•late

(ˈsɪn tlˌeɪt)

v. -lat•ed, -lat•ing. v.i.
1. to emit sparks.
2. to be animated or witty; sparkle.
3. to twinkle, as the stars.
v.t.
4. to emit as sparks; flash forth.
[1615–25; < Latin scintillātus, past participle of scintillāre to send out sparks, flash. See scintilla, -ate1]
scin′til•lant, adj.
scin′til•lat`ing•ly, adv.
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scintillate


Past participle: scintillated
Gerund: scintillating

Imperative
scintillate
scintillate
Present
I scintillate
you scintillate
he/she/it scintillates
we scintillate
you scintillate
they scintillate
Preterite
I scintillated
you scintillated
he/she/it scintillated
we scintillated
you scintillated
they scintillated
Present Continuous
I am scintillating
you are scintillating
he/she/it is scintillating
we are scintillating
you are scintillating
they are scintillating
Present Perfect
I have scintillated
you have scintillated
he/she/it has scintillated
we have scintillated
you have scintillated
they have scintillated
Past Continuous
I was scintillating
you were scintillating
he/she/it was scintillating
we were scintillating
you were scintillating
they were scintillating
Past Perfect
I had scintillated
you had scintillated
he/she/it had scintillated
we had scintillated
you had scintillated
they had scintillated
Future
I will scintillate
you will scintillate
he/she/it will scintillate
we will scintillate
you will scintillate
they will scintillate
Future Perfect
I will have scintillated
you will have scintillated
he/she/it will have scintillated
we will have scintillated
you will have scintillated
they will have scintillated
Future Continuous
I will be scintillating
you will be scintillating
he/she/it will be scintillating
we will be scintillating
you will be scintillating
they will be scintillating
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been scintillating
you have been scintillating
he/she/it has been scintillating
we have been scintillating
you have been scintillating
they have been scintillating
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been scintillating
you will have been scintillating
he/she/it will have been scintillating
we will have been scintillating
you will have been scintillating
they will have been scintillating
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been scintillating
you had been scintillating
he/she/it had been scintillating
we had been scintillating
you had been scintillating
they had been scintillating
Conditional
I would scintillate
you would scintillate
he/she/it would scintillate
we would scintillate
you would scintillate
they would scintillate
Past Conditional
I would have scintillated
you would have scintillated
he/she/it would have scintillated
we would have scintillated
you would have scintillated
they would have scintillated
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.scintillate - give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
winkle, twinkle, scintillate - emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
give out, emit, give off - give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; "The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits"
2.scintillate - reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"
shine, reflect - be bright by reflecting or casting light; "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
3.scintillate - emit or reflect light in a flickering mannerscintillate - emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
beam, shine - emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"
scintillate - give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
4.scintillate - physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon; "the phosphor fluoresced"
fluoresce - exhibit or undergo fluorescence
5.scintillate - be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity; "The musical performance sparkled"; "A scintillating conversation"; "his playing coruscated throughout the concert hall"
be - have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun); "John is rich"; "This is not a good answer"
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scintillate

verb
To emit light suddenly in rays or sparks:
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Translations

scintillate

[ˈsɪntɪleɪt] VIcentellear, chispear (fig) → brillar
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scintillate

vi (diamonds, stars)funkeln; (fig: person, conversation) → vor Geist sprühen
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scintillate

[ˈsɪntɪˌleɪt] vi (star, jewel) → brillare, scintillare (fig) (person) → brillare
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

scintillate

v. escintilar, centellear, brillar.
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