Definition: To give forth intermittent or vibratory flashes of light; to shine with a quivering light; to sparkle, glitter, flash
This word sources from the Latin verb coruscare meaning “to vibrate, glitter, sparkle, gleam.” It joined the English language in the very early 18th century.
Why this word?
Sometimes you need a word for shiny that doesn’t make you sound like a 14-year-old girl describing her cool new glittery nail polish. It’s a good word to use when you want to get across the idea of shining and sparkling while keeping a sense of propriety to your description.
How to use the word coruscate in a sentence?
If you’re an architecture major who wants to describe the properties of the sun’s reflection on glass or metallic construction material you can describe how the sun coruscates beautifully at certain times of day.
If you’re an anthropologist who is observing the type of outfits worn by party girls, you can use coruscate to describe what sequins does when one is dressed in it from head-to-toe.
“It was a Friday night at Studio 54, the disco ball coruscated throwing beams of light in unpredictable directions, and me and my platform shoes hit the floor for a night of 1970s revelry.”