scintilla

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Existing in English since the 17th century;[1] borrowed from Latin scintilla (spark).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /sɪnˈtɪlə/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪlə

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. (figuratively) A small or trace amount.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:modicum
    a scintilla of hope

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References[edit]

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

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French[edit]

Verb[edit]

scintilla

  1. third-person singular past historic of scintiller

Italian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin scintilla.

Pronunciation[edit]

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

Further reading[edit]

  • scintilla in Treccani.it – Vocabolario Treccani on line, Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana

Latin[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Most likely from Proto-Indo-European *ski-nto-, from *skey-, *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

Declension[edit]

First-declension noun.

Case Singular Plural
Nominative scintilla scintillae
Genitive scintillae scintillārum
Dative scintillae scintillīs
Accusative scintillam scintillās
Ablative scintillā scintillīs
Vocative scintilla scintillae

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