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.
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- noun mineralogy The
shatteringof mineralsby the action of heat, especially when accompanied by a cracklingsound
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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Therefore the only safe way of determining whether decrepitation occurs or not is by testing the stone, preferably under field conditions.
Some are said to contain nitre, a proof of which is shown by their frequent decrepitation when thrown on the fire.
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The gunpowder without the mephitis being fired, the combustion was soon communicated to the other extremity of the train, and to the phosphorus, which took fire with decrepitation, burnt rapidly, with a bright flame, slightly coloured with veilow and green, and left on the wood a black mark, as of charcoal.