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 Dictionary entry overview: What does scintillating mean? 

  The adjective SCINTILLATING has 3 senses:

1. brilliantly clever
2. marked by high spirits or excitement
3. having brief brilliant points or flashes of light

  Familiarity information: SCINTILLATING used as an adjective is uncommon.

 Dictionary entry details 


Sense 1scintillating [BACK TO TOP]


Brilliantly clever

Context examples:

scintillating wit / a play full of scintillating dialogue


intelligent (having the capacity for thought and reason especially to a high degree)

Sense 2scintillating [BACK TO TOP]


Marked by high spirits or excitement


sparkly; scintillating; bubbling; effervescent

Context examples:

his fertile effervescent mind / scintillating personality / a row of sparkly cheerleaders


lively (full of life and energy)

Sense 3scintillating [BACK TO TOP]


Having brief brilliant points or flashes of light


aglitter; scintillant; glittery; glittering; glistering; glinting; fulgid; coruscant; sparkly; scintillating

Context examples:

bugle beads all aglitter / glinting eyes / glinting water / his glittering eyes were cold and malevolent / shop window full of glittering Christmas trees / glittery costume jewelry / scintillant mica / the scintillating stars / a dress with sparkly sequins / 'glistering' is an archaic term


bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)

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