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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To roast or calcine (crystals or salts) until they emit a crackling sound or until crackling stops.
  • intransitive v. To make a crackling sound when roasted.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To roast (a salt or mineral) until it stops crackling in the fire.
  • v. Of salts and minerals, to crackle when heated, indicating a sudden breakdown of their particles.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To roast or calcine so as to cause a crackling noise.
  • intransitive v. To crackle, as salt in roasting.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To crackle, as salt when roasting.
  • To roast or calcine in a strong heat, so as to cause a continual bursting or crackling of the substance: as, to decrepitate salt.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. to roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops
  • v. undergo decrepitation and crackle


New Latin dēcrepitāre, dēcrepitāt- : Latin dē-, de- + Latin crepitāre, to crackle, frequentative of crepāre, to burst, crack.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From mediaeval Latin decrepitare, from Latin de- + crepitare. (Wiktionary)



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