scintilla

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Existing in English since the seventeenth century[1]; from Latin scintilla ‎(sparkling speck, atom).

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Noun[edit]

scintilla ‎(plural scintillae or scintillas)

  1. A small spark or flash.
    • 1890, Philosophical Magazine, page 364,
      If the action of the electrodynamic waves is so violent that, even without artificial electrification of the secondary conductor, scintillæ occur in its spark-gap, the aluminium leaves remain almost without change.
  2. A small or trace amount.

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  1. ^ The Concise Oxford English Dictionary [Eleventh Edition]

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Verb[edit]

scintilla

  1. third-person singular past historic of scintiller

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin scintilla.

Noun[edit]

scintilla f ‎(plural scintille)

  1. spark

Verb[edit]

scintilla

  1. third-person singular present of scintillare
  2. second-person singular imperative of scintillare

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely from Proto-Indo-European *ski-nto-, from *skai-, *ski- ‎(to gleam, shine), which is the source of English shine.

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Noun[edit]

scintilla f ‎(genitive scintillae); first declension

  1. spark
    • Quintus Curtius Rufus, Historiarum Alexandri Magni Macedonis Libri Qui Supersunt; Book VI, Chapter III
      Parva saepe scintilla contempta magnum excitavit incendium.
      A small spark neglected has often roused to a great inferno.
  2. glimmer

Inflection[edit]

First declension.

Number Singular Plural
nominative scintilla scintillae
genitive scintillae scintillārum
dative scintillae scintillīs
accusative scintillam scintillās
ablative scintillā scintillīs
vocative scintilla scintillae

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