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  • n. A sudden display of brilliance; a flashing of light, a sparkle.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A sudden flash or play of light.
  • n. A flash of intellectual brilliancy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A flash or gleam of light; a burst or play of light, as the reflection of lightning by clouds or of moonlight on the sea.
  • n. Figuratively, a flash or gleam of intellectual brilliancy.
  • n. Synonyms See glare, v.

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

  • n. a sudden or striking display of brilliance
  • n. the occurrence of a small flash or spark


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  • Borealian coruscation, which is scarcely within the modest and placid idiosyncracies of sixpence, -- but a gleam of gentle and benign light, just to show where a sixpence had been, and allow you time to say

    The Caxtons — Complete

  • And with that, a blinding flash of blue light exploded from his frame, and a luminous wave of purple coruscation propagated outwards through the forest.

    The creation of Brown-man

  • He quickly activated the transporter, then turned to watch Lal disappear in a coruscation of white light.

    Star Trek: Myriad Universes: Shattered Light

  • One more coruscation, my dear Watson -- yet another brain-wave!


  • Barack Obama: a coruscation of rhetoric masking a lack of weight and balance.

    On Thursday, the Legg report will be published along with...

  • The newspapers and magazines that fed the American mind — for books upon this impatient continent had become simply material for the energy of collectors — were instantly a coruscation of war pictures and of headlines that rose like rockets and burst like shells.

    The War in the Air

  • To the south-west hung Orion, showing like a pallid ghost through a tracery of iron-work and interlacing shapes above a dazzling coruscation of lights.

    When the Sleeper Wakes

  • Duchesse de Guermantes, for her part, took good care not to invite when it was her turn to entertain the Princess, but substituted for them without any abstract reasoning about Bonapartism the most brilliant coruscation of all the beauties, all the talents, all the celebrities, who, the exercise of some subtle sixth sense made her feel, would be acceptable to the niece of the Emperor even when they belonged actually to the Royal House.

    The Guermantes Way

  • Darken Rahl came closer, close enough that the pain of his spirit coruscation was almost enough to make Richard back away.

    Temple of the Winds

  • The powers of the Sathid whirled away Jaric's view of Stormwarden, tower, and ocean in a blazing coruscation of energy no sorcerer could hope to survive.



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  • from Carlyle's "Sartor Resartus"

    January 11, 2009

  • Also, a symptom of having flashes of light pass before the eyes.

    January 28, 2008