v. scin·til·lat·ed, scin·til·lat·ing, scin·til·lates
1. To throw off sparks; flash.
2. To sparkle or shine. See Synonyms at flash.
3. To be animated and brilliant: dinner conversation that scintillated.
To give off (sparks or flashes).
[Latin scintillre, scintillt-, from scintilla, spark.]
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Verb 1. scintillate - give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
winkle, twinkle, scintillate - emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
give out, emit, give off - give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.; "The ozone layer blocks some harmful rays which the sun emits"
2. scintillate - reflect brightly; "Unquarried marble sparkled on the hillside"
shine, reflect - be bright by reflecting or casting light; "Drive carefully--the wet road reflects"
3. scintillate - emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
beam, shine - emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"
scintillate - give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
I see all these are concerning light, but I wondered, In the following sentance if anyone can understand the concept.
After I.M. Hurt fell, pain scintillated across his back flickering on and off as he walked.