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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.


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


(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
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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.
Reynolds could also be on the mark in a competitive-looking heat two at 7.58 with Borna Blue, while Scintillas Jesse gets the nod in the third at 8.31 on the basis that he can lead.
7.58: 6-4 Mays Supreme, 3 Dukeries Marko, 4 Bantiss Dermot, Scintillas Ruby, 8 Musical Jack, 14 Floptheminkworm.
MARKWALLIS yesterday spoke of his frustration at Scintillas Ruby being denied a place in a heavily over-subscribed William Hill Oaks, and demanded that the format is changed for next year, writes Richard Birch.