It might take more than a scintilla of English vocabulary knowledge to know that scintilla means a tiny bit of something.

Scintilla is a long word for describing a tiny thing. It comes sandwiched between the words a and of in phrases like “a scintilla of doubt” or “not a single scintilla of evidence.” If you’re uncertain of the pronunciation, remember: it rhymes with chinchilla and the c is silent, just like in science. Similar words you can use to talk about tiny bits of something are iota, smidgen, speck, and whit.

Definitions of scintilla

n a tiny or scarcely detectable amount

iota, shred, smidge, smidgen, smidgeon, smidgin, tittle, whit
Type of:
small indefinite amount, small indefinite quantity
an indefinite quantity that is below average size or magnitude

n a sparkling glittering particle

Type of:
particle, subatomic particle
a body having finite mass and internal structure but negligible dimensions

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