AskDefine | Define scintillation

Dictionary Definition



1 (physics) a flash of light that is produced in a phosphor when it absorbs a photon or ionizing particle
2 a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash [syn: twinkle, sparkling]
3 a brilliant display of wit
4 the quality of glittering or sparkling brightly [syn: glitter, glister, glisten, sparkle]
5 the twinkling of the stars caused when changes in the density of the earth's atmosphere produce uneven refraction of starlight

User Contributed Dictionary



  • /ˌsɪntəˈleɪʃən/, /%sInt@"leIS@n/


  1. A flash of light; a spark
  2. The twinkling of a star caused by turbulence in the Earth's atmosphere
  3. The flash of light produced by a phosphor when it absorbs ionizing radiation

Extensive Definition

Scintillation can refer to:
scintillation in German: Szintillation
scintillation in Dutch: Scintillatie
scintillation in French: Scintillation

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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