from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- intransitive verb To roast or calcine (crystals or salts) until they emit a crackling sound or stop crackling.
- intransitive verb To make a crackling sound when roasted.
from The Century Dictionary.
- 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
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- transitive verb To roast or calcine so as to cause a crackling noise.
- intransitive verb To crackle, as salt in roasting.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- verb transitive To
roast(a saltor mineral) until it stops cracklingin the fire.
- verb intransitive Of
saltsand minerals, to cracklewhen heated, indicating a sudden breakdown of their particles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- verb to roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops
- verb undergo decrepitation and crackle
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
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.