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from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of snapping or bursting with a crackling noise on being heated, or the crackling noise, accompanying the flying asunder of their parts, made by various salts and minerals when heated.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of decrepitating; a crackling noise, such as salt makes when roasting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun mineralogy The shattering of minerals by the action of heat, especially when accompanied by a crackling sound

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

  • noun the crackling or breaking up of certain crystals when they are heated

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