1 (esp. as scintillating adj.) talk cleverly or wittily; be brilliant.
2 sparkle; twinkle; emit sparks.
3 Physics fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle etc.
scintillant adj. scintillatingly adv.
Etymology: L scintillare (as SCINTILLA)

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  • scintillate — verb ( lated; lating) Etymology: Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare to sparkle, from scintilla spark Date: circa 1623 intransitive verb 1. to emit sparks ; spark 2. to emit quick flashes as if throwing off sparks ; sparkle …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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  • scintillate — verb /ˈsɪn.tɪl.eɪt/ a) To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow. b) To throw off like sparks. See Also: scintilla, scintillation, scintillator, stencil, tinsel …   Wiktionary

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