scintillate

The verb scintillate means to twinkle or glow, as in a flickering light. You may find it romantic to sit on the deck overlooking a lake on a clear night, where you can enjoy the scintillating stars in the sky and the reflection of the moon on the water.

Scintillate means to be sparkling and lively. Scintillate has its roots in the Latin words scintillare, meaning "to sparkle," and scintilla, meaning "a spark." The verb scintillate is related to the adjective scintillating and the noun scintilla. If you enjoy witty repartee, people may say your conversation scintillates with humor and they enjoy how you are so clever.

Definitions of scintillate
  1. verb
    emit or reflect light in a flickering manner
    synonyms: twinkle, winkle
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    type of:
    beam, shine
    emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light
  2. verb
    give off
    “the substance scintillated sparks and flashes”
    Synonyms:
    twinkle, winkle
    emit or reflect light in a flickering manner
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    type of:
    emit, give off, give out
    give off, send forth, or discharge; as of light, heat, or radiation, vapor, etc.
  3. verb
    reflect brightly
    synonyms: coruscate, sparkle
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    type of:
    reflect, shine
    be bright by reflecting or casting light
  4. verb
    physics: fluoresce momentarily when struck by a charged particle or high-energy photon
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    type of:
    fluoresce
    exhibit or undergo fluorescence
  5. verb
    be lively or brilliant or exhibit virtuosity
    “A scintillating conversation”
    synonyms: coruscate, sparkle
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    type of:
    be
    have the quality of being; (copula, used with an adjective or a predicate noun)
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