scintillation

Definitions of scintillation
  1. noun
    (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle
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    type of:
    light, visible light, visible radiation
    (physics) electromagnetic radiation that can produce a visual sensation
  2. noun
    the quality of shining with a bright reflected light
    synonyms: glisten, glister, glitter, sparkle
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    type of:
    brightness
    the location of a visual perception along a continuum from black to white
  3. noun
    a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash
    synonyms: sparkling, twinkle
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    type of:
    alteration, change, modification
    an event that occurs when something passes from one state or phase to another
  4. noun
    the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight
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    type of:
    fluctuation, wavering
    the quality of being unsteady and subject to changes
  5. noun
    a brilliant display of wit
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    type of:
    brilliance, genius
    unusual mental ability
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