glitter vs scintillation what difference

what is difference between glitter and scintillation

English

Etymology

From Middle English gliteren, from Old Norse glitra, from Proto-Germanic *glitrōną (to glitter), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰley-.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɪtə(ɹ)/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡlɪtɚ/, [ˈɡlɪɾɚ]
  • Rhymes: -ɪtə(r)

Noun

glitter (countable and uncountable, plural glitters)

  1. A bright, sparkling light; shininess or brilliance.
    • 1913, Mary Averill, Japanese flower arrangement Chapter 20
      This to them seems most like mother earth in color, and therefore best, as it is, to enhance the beauty of flowers instead of detracting from their exquisite shades. What a contrast to the glitter and show of our silver vases, which represent generally little else but their cost.
    • 1841, Charles Dickens, Barnaby Rudge Chapter 57
      As yet there had been no symptom of the news having any better foundation than in the fears of those who brought it, but The Boot had not been deserted five minutes, when there appeared, coming across the fields, a body of men who, it was easy to see, by the glitter of their arms and ornaments in the sun, and by their orderly and regular mode of advancing
  2. A shiny, decorative adornment, sometimes sprinkled on glue to make simple artwork.
  3. (figuratively) Glitz.

Descendants

  • Portuguese: glitter
  • Spanish: glitter

Translations

Verb

glitter (third-person singular simple present glitters, present participle glittering, simple past and past participle glittered)

  1. To sparkle with light; to shine with a brilliant and broken light or showy luster; to gleam.
    a glittering sword
    the glittering ornaments on a Christmas tree
    • The field yet glitters with the pomp of war.
  2. To be showy, specious, or striking, and hence attractive.
    the glittering scenes of a court

Derived terms

  • all that glitters is not gold

Translations


Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English glitter.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈɡli.teʁ/

Noun

glitter m (uncountable)

  1. glitter (shiny, decorative dust)

Spanish

Etymology

Borrowed from English glitter.

Noun

glitter m (plural glitteres)

  1. glitter

Swedish

Etymology

Probably from Old Norse glitra.

Noun

glitter n (uncountable)

  1. glitter; a shiny, decorative adornment

Declension

Related terms

  • glittra
  • glittrig


English

Etymology

scintillate +‎ -ion.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˌsɪn.tɪˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˌsɪn.təˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • Hyphenation: scin‧til‧lat‧ion

Noun

scintillation (countable and uncountable, plural scintillations)

  1. A flash of light; a spark.
  2. (astronomy) The twinkling of a star or other celestial body caused by turbulence in the Earth’s atmosphere.
  3. (nuclear physics) The flash of light produced by something (especially a phosphor) when it absorbs ionizing radiation.

Derived terms

  • liquid scintillation
  • scintillation camera
  • scintillation counter
  • scintillation detector
  • scintillation spectrometer

Related terms

  • scintillate
  • scintillating (adjective)
  • scintillator

French

Pronunciation

Noun

scintillation f (plural scintillations)

  1. scintillation

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