from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- intransitive v. To throw off sparks; flash.
- intransitive v. To sparkle or shine. See Synonyms at flash.
- intransitive v. To be animated and brilliant: dinner conversation that scintillated.
- transitive v. To give off (sparks or flashes).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow.
- v. To throw off like sparks.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To emit sparks, or fine igneous particles.
- intransitive v. To sparkle, as the fixed stars.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To emit sparks; hence, to sparkle or twinkle, as the fixed stars.
- Synonyms Sparkle, Glister, etc. (see glare, intransitive verb) coruscate.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon
- v. reflect brightly
- v. be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
- v. give off
- v. emit or reflect light in a flickering manner
Latin scintillāre, scintillāt-, from scintilla, spark.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin scintillatus, past participle of scintillare ("to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash"), from scintilla ("a spark") (Wiktionary)