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
The crystals are in the form of small cubes and contain no water of crystallization; some water is, however, held in cavities in the crystals and causes the salt to decrepitate when heated.
Heated to rednefs for half an hour, it does not decrepitate, but lofes 45 per ct. of its weight.