AskDefine | Define scintillating

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scintillating adj
1 brilliantly clever; "scintillating wit"; "a play full of scintillating dialogue"
2 marked by high spirits or excitement; "his fertile effervescent mind"; "scintillating personality"; "sparkling conversation"; "a row of sparkly cheerleaders" [syn: bubbling, effervescent, sparkling, sparkly]
3 having brief brilliant points or flashes of light; "bugle beads all aglitter"; "glinting eyes"; "glinting water"; "his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent"; "shop window full of glittering Christmas trees"; "glittery costume jewelry"; "scintillant mica"; "the scintillating stars"; "a dress with sparkly sequins"; "`glistering' is an archaic term" [syn: aglitter(p), coruscant, fulgid, glinting, glistering, glittering, glittery, scintillant, sparkling(a), sparkly]

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  • a UK /ˈsɪn.tɪl.eɪt.ɪŋ/ /"sIn.tIl.eIt.IN/


  1. that scintillates with brief flashes of light
  2. brilliantly clever, amusing or witty


  1. present participle of scintillate

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