from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Producing sparks.
  • adj. Sparkling

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Emitting sparks, or fine igneous particles; sparkling.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Emitting little sparks or flashes of light; scintillating; sparkling; twinkling.
  • In heraldry, sparkling; having sparks as if of fire issuing from it: noting any bearing so represented.

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

  • adj. having brief brilliant points or flashes of light


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  • They passed down through the scintillant, magical sheen, their moccasins rhythmically crunching the snow and their breaths wreathing mysteriously from their lips in sprayed opalescence.

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  • But the flashes were more brilliant than the rainbow -- purest blue, most delicate violet, brightest yellow, and all the intermediary shades, with the scintillant brilliancy of the diamond, dazzling, blinding, iridescent.

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  • Mrs. Grantly, unreal, unhealthy, scintillant with frigid magnetism, warmed and melted as though of truth she were dew and he sun.

    Jack London's Short Story: Planchette

  • It threw you into the scintillant Dawn with an abandon meet to a son of Waring.

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  • They confessed, afterward, that they had failed to appreciate this dark-eyed daughter of the aurora, whose father had traded furs in the country before ever they dreamed of invading it, and who had herself first opened eyes on the scintillant northern lights.


  • I can understand why people spend entire lifetimes playing the Shakespeare game, that is trying to descry the human being behind the scintillant words: the densest exegesis is a passionate argument, to another Shakespeare lover, with the ghostly form on the other side of the curtain of time.

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  • There's no doubt that the poet, like John Ashbery in our own day, was responding to the scintillant elusiveness and collage-ism of modern French poetry, his free-ish translations of Apollinaire or Éluard bringing regret that he did not try his hand at more.

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  • Lazrus set the strategy in motion and drew a scintillant line in the hard shell.

    Jason Stoddard, Strange and Happy » Blog Archive » Eternal Franchise, 12.2 of 31.1

  • What matters now is that the least of his writings offered a bygone sort of delight: a sorcerer's scintillant dignity made of every sentence a potentially magic occasion.

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  • I smelled of moonflower, and I was so full of its sweet poison I exuded it from my lips, my quim, my skin, in the form of a powdery bloom, scintillant and dark.



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