Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A minute amount; an iota or trace.
  • noun A spark; a flash.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A spark; a glimmer; hence, the least particle; a trace; a tittle.
  • noun [capitalized] [NL.] In zoology:
  • noun A genus of bivalve mollusks.
  • noun A genus of lepidopterous insects.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A spark; the least particle; an iota; a tittle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A small spark or flash.
  • noun A small or trace amount.

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

  • noun a tiny or scarcely detectable amount
  • noun a sparkling glittering particle

Etymologies

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

[Latin, spark.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Existing in English since the seventeenth century; from Latin scintilla ("sparkling speck, atom").

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