Definitions for: Scintillation


[n] the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
[n] the quality of glittering or sparkling brightly
[n] a brilliant display of wit
[n] a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
[n] (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle



Webster (1913) Definition: Scin`til*la"tion, n. [L. scintillatio: cf. F.
scintillation.]
1. The act of scintillating.

2. A spark or flash emitted in scintillating.

These scintillations are . . . the inflammable
effluences discharged from the bodies collided.
--Sir T.
Browne.

Synonyms: glisten, glister, glitter, sparkle, sparkling, twinkle

See Also: alteration, brightness, brilliance, change, fluctuation, genius, light, modification, visible light, visible radiation, wavering

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