American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. The act of scintillating.
- n. A spark; a flash.
- n. Astronomy Rapid variation in the light of a celestial body caused by turbulence in Earth's atmosphere; a twinkling.
- n. Physics A flash of light produced in a phosphor by absorption of an ionizing particle or photon.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of scintillating, or emitting sparks or spark-like flashes of light; the act of sparkling.
- n. A flash; a spark.
- n. Specifically, the twinkling or tremulous motion of the light of the larger fixed stars. By shaking the head, so as to elongate the image, it is seen that not merely the intensity, but also the color of the light varies. See
- n. A flash of light; a spark
- n. astronomy The twinkling of a star caused by turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere
- n. physics The flash of light produced by a phosphor when it absorbs ionizing radiation
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. The act of scintillating.
- n. A spark or flash emitted in scintillating.
- n. a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
- n. (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle
- n. the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
- n. a brilliant display of wit
- n. the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
“The process involved the tiresome task of the chemical separation of the element, its purification, and the final concentration on a small surface. 92 Since polonium did not emit beta particles that usually interfered in scintillation counting, its use as a radioactive source was most advantageous.”
“Chadwick's careful surveillance, 25 and he eventually assigned specific research projects to them after a short introductory course which included training in scintillation counting.”
“Finally, several of the persons mentioned must act as counters in scintillation observations when the ordinary disintegration apparatus or the mass spectrographs are used. 170”
“Our particular kind of work requires the close and continued collaboration of at least half a dozen highly specialized workers: one for preparing and calibrating the screens and the absorption foils used in scintillation counts; one for preparing the disintegration apparatus itself, the substances which are to be investigated in it and the gas with which it is filled; one for working the mass spectrograph and its auxiliary instruments; and one specialist on photography ...”
“It's called a scintillation counter, and it's been specially adapted for this search.”
“And farther, that that motion, whereby the fire worketh, is dilatation, and contraction of itself alternately, commonly called scintillation or glowing, is manifest also by experience.”
“The gamma camera has a large crystal detector (called a scintillation crystal).”
“New apparatus such as scintillation counters and photographic emulsions were developed in order to detect individual particles.”
“Every kind of scintillation flashed from the gem-incrusted dishes.”
“The technical term is "scintillation," connoting minimal signification, the minutest re-marking that makes a wink of a photon.”
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