coruscate vs scintillate what difference

what is difference between coruscate and scintillate

English

Alternative forms

  • corruscate (dated)

Etymology

From the Latin coruscō (I flash).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈkɒɹəskeɪt/, /ˈkɔːɹəskeɪt/
  • enPR: kôrʹə-skāt, kŏrʹə-skāt

Verb

coruscate (third-person singular simple present coruscates, present participle coruscating, simple past and past participle coruscated)

  1. (intransitive) To give off light; to reflect in flashes; to sparkle.
  2. (intransitive) To exhibit brilliant technique or style.
    • 1981, A. D. Hope, “His Coy Mistress to Mr. Marvell,” A Book of Answers:
      For truth and tenderness do more / Than coruscating metaphor.

Synonyms

  • gleam
  • glimmer
  • glisten
  • glitter
  • radiate
  • scintillate
  • sheen
  • shine
  • sparkle
  • twinkle

Translations

Anagrams

  • accouters, accoutres, cocurates, court case

Italian

Verb

coruscate

  1. inflection of coruscare:
    1. second-person plural present indicative
    2. second-person plural imperative
  2. feminine plural of coruscato

Anagrams

  • stracuoce

Latin

Verb

coruscāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of coruscō


English

Etymology

Borrowed from Latin scintillātus, past participle of scintillāre (to sparkle, glitter, gleam, flash), from scintilla (a spark).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈsɪn.tɪˌleɪt/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈsɪn.təˌleɪt/
  • Hyphenation: scin‧til‧late

Verb

scintillate (third-person singular simple present scintillates, present participle scintillating, simple past and past participle scintillated)

  1. (intransitive) To give off sparks; to shine as if emanating sparks; to twinkle or glow.
    1. (astronomy) Of a star or other celestial body: to vary rapidly in brightness; to twinkle.
    2. (nuclear physics) Especially of a phosphor: to emit a flash of light upon absorbing ionizing radiation.
  2. (transitive, now rare) To throw off like sparks.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, “Mr. Arabin”, in Barchester Towers: In Three Volumes, London: Longman, Brown, Green, Longmans & Roberts, OCLC 911659634; republished as Barchester Towers. […] In Two Volumes (Hand and Pocket Library; II), volume I, New York, N.Y.: Dick & Fitzgerald, 18 Ann Street, [1860], OCLC 863553483, page 201:
      As a boy young Arabin took up the cudgels on the side of the Tractarians, and at Oxford he sat for a while at the feet of the great [John Henry] Newman. To this cause he lent all his faculties. For it he concocted verses, for it he made speeches, for it he scintillated the brightest sparks of his quiet wit.

Derived terms

  • scintillating (adjective)
  • scintillation
  • scintillator

Related terms

  • scintilla
  • stencil
  • tinsel

Translations

Further reading

  • scintillate in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.
  • scintillate in The Century Dictionary, New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911.
  • scintillate at OneLook Dictionary Search

Italian

Verb

scintillate

  1. second-person plural present and imperative of scintillare

Latin

Verb

scintillāte

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of scintillō

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