American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To make a crackling or popping sound; crackle.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To crackle; snap with a sharp, abrupt, and rapidly repeated sound, as salt in fire or during calcination.
- Specifically To rattle or crackle; use the crepitaculum, as a rattlesnake.
- In entomology, to eject suddenly from the anus, with a slight noise, a volatile fluid having somewhat the appearance of smoke and a strong pungent odor, as certain bombardier-beetles of the genus Brachinus and its allies.
- v. To crackle, to make a crackling sound.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To make a series of small, sharp, rapidly repeated explosions or sounds, as salt in fire; to crackle; to snap.
- v. make a crackling sound
- From Latin crepitare ("to creak, rattle, clatter, crackle"), frequentive of crepare ("to creak, rattle, etc., burst or break with a noise, crash"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin crepitāre, crepitāt-, to crackle, frequentative of crepāre, to creak. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“You will take care to open your mouth, crepitate shoo shoo to Band-aid dollop.”
“Kate could hardly remember now the dry rigid pallor of the heat, when the whole earth seemed to crepitate viciously with dry malevolence: like memory gone dry and sterile, hellish.”
“The sixpences do not "bang" in this country: they crepitate, they crackle, as though shot from a Maxim quick-firer.”
“As a matter of historical interest, the obsolete crepitate was used in the 19th century, but the term did not specify whether the gas being discharged was gastric or rectal.”
“He also missed the essential semantic component of to crepitate, namely, ` to expell gas noisily, 'regardless of whether as a burp or a fart.”
“John Grisham’s sentences thud and crepitate all over the page, and he has become a literary tycoon.”
“a light brick-red colour, and crepitate under the finger.”
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