1. animated; vivacious; effervescent: a scintillating personality.
  2. witty; brilliantly clever: a scintillating conversationalist; a play full of scintillating dialogue.

verb (used without object), scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing.

  1. to emit sparks.
  2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
  3. to twinkle, as the stars.
  4. Electronics. (of a spot of light or image on a radar display) to shift rapidly around a mean position.
  5. Physics.
    1. (of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave) to fluctuate in a random manner.
    2. (of an energetic photon or particle) to produce a flash of light in a phosphor by striking it.

verb (used with object), scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing.

  1. to emit as sparks; flash forth.


  1. sparkling; twinkling
  2. animated or brilliant

verb (mainly intr)

  1. (also tr) to give off (sparks); sparkle; twinkle
  2. to be animated or brilliant
  3. physics to give off flashes of light as a result of the impact of particles or photons

v.1620s, from Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare “to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash,” from scintilla “spark” (see scintilla). Related: Scintillated; scintillating.

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