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scin•til•late



Pronunciation: (sin'tl-āt"), [key]
v., -lat•ed, -lat•ing.


v.i.
1. to emit sparks.
2. to sparkle; flash: a mind that scintillates with brilliance.
3. to twinkle, as the stars.
4. Electronics.(of a spot of light or image on a radar display) to shift rapidly around a mean position.
5. Physics.
a. (of the amplitude, phase, or polarization of an electromagnetic wave) to fluctuate in a random manner.
b. (of an energetic photon or particle) to produce a flash of light in a phosphor by striking it.

v.t.
to emit as sparks; flash forth.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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