Definition of coruscate in US English:



[no object]literary
  • (of light) flash or sparkle.

    ‘the light was coruscating from the walls’
    • ‘A brilliant teenager is pampered by the English Golf Union, is accepted at an American university, where he coruscates, returns home and is virtually an overnight success.’
    • ‘Dark lightning coruscated around James' hands as the point of light rose up into the air.’
    • ‘The novel fairly coruscates with all that goes to make a good crime thriller.’’
    • ‘Finally, as the blazing star appeared high over the island, the glow coruscated into incredible brilliance and began the nightly display.’
    • ‘A diamond coruscates because it has the capacity for ‘total internal reflection’, meaning that it is able to completely reflect all the light that falls upon it from a particular direction.’
    shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaring
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Early 18th century: from Latin coruscat- ‘glittered’, from the verb coruscare.