Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To give forth flashes of light; sparkle and glitter: diamonds coruscating in the candlelight.
  • intransitive v. To exhibit sparkling virtuosity: a flutist whose music coruscated throughout the concert hall.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To give off light; to reflect in flashes; to sparkle.
  • v. To exhibit brilliant technique or style.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To glitter in flashes; to flash.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To emit vivid flashes of light; flash; lighten; gleam.
  • Synonyms Sparkle, Scintillate, etc. See glare.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. reflect brightly
  • v. be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity

Etymologies

Latin coruscāre, coruscāt-, to flash.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the Latin coruscō ("I flash"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Oh, I could describe its size, feeling, weight but never its colour, its delicate shades and nuances, the way light would coruscate over the ripe contours of a dew-laden bunch of grapes.

    SciFi UK Review | Archive | February

  • "" Now we're getting all the calls, '' Tracey laughs, waving her hands and making her huge diamond wedding ring coruscate.

    Ready For His Close-Up

  • I say this because these are attributes that glitter and coruscate throughout The Grounds, his second novel.

    Archive 2006-03-01

  • Indeed, all sides of the political multi-spectrum flicker and coruscate here.

    Dawg's Blawg

  • A welling, rising, towering rage roared straight up out of the core of Cynthia Maidstone, filling her with a cold, crackling energy so intense she felt that she could point her fingers and chill lighting would coruscate from their tips.

    Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine

  • The high celing of clouds coruscate with lightning.

    nessus Diary Entry

  • He started to ask if it was a genuine antique, but the piles of junk had begun to waver and shimmer and coruscate with light.

    Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves

  • It made the Enterprise shine and coruscate with the characteristic corpuscular appearance of laser illumination and with the brilliance of a minus-five-magnitude star.

    The Abode of Life

  • Urth turns her aged face to the sun and he beams upon her snows; they scintillate and coruscate until each little point of ice hanging from the swelling sides of the towers seems the Claw of the Conciliator, the most precious of gems.

    The Shadow of the Torturer

  • The conflict was a little longer, the beaming a little hotter and more coruscate, but the ending was the same.

    Galactic Patrol

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  • My favourite word. For some reason it reminds me of red, pulsing light more than any other colour. It is a regal word, ebullient and wet with juice.

    May 25, 2011

  • "coruscating trifles"

    March 1, 2011

  • I'm sure she does at sunset. Certainly the sea around her does.

    August 14, 2008

  • Does Corsica coruscate?

    August 14, 2008

  • "The result of which, apart from ubiquitous draughts, was sudden and intermittent bursts of sunshine, a dazzling and changeable light that made it almost impossible to see the tea-drinkers, so that when they were installed there, at tables crowded pair after pair the whole way along the narrow gully, shimmering and sparkling with every movement they made in drinking their tea or in greeting one another, it resembled a giant fish-tank or bow-net in which a fisherman has collected all his glittering catch, which, half out of water and bathed in sunlight, coruscate before one's eyes in an ever-changing iridescence."

    -- Within a Budding Grove by Marcel Proust, translated by C.K. Scott Moncrieff and Terence Kilmartin, Revised by D.J. Enright, p 536 of the Modern Library paperback edition

    April 26, 2008

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  • what the northern lights do

    December 20, 2006