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decrepitate

Line breaks: de|crepi|tate
Pronunciation: /dɪˈkrɛpɪteɪt
 
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Definition of decrepitate in English:

verb

[no object] technical
(Of a solid, especially a crystal) disintegrate audibly when heated.
Example sentences
  • Some pyrrhotite is relatively unstable in humid environments, decrepitating like pyrite.
  • Furthermore, much marcasite is highly unstable when exposed to the atmosphere and decrepitates quickly.
  • The rock is so thoroughly altered it decrepitates on exposure to the atmosphere.

Origin

mid 17th century: from de- 'away' + Latin crepitat- 'crackled', from the verb crepitare, frequentative of crepare 'rattle' (see decrepit).

Derivatives

decrepitation

1
Pronunciation: /-ˈteɪʃ(ə)n/
noun
Example sentences
  • Mixed together with oxidisers, these compounds combust by producing small explosions or ‘decrepitation’ at the surface of the burning mixture.
  • In this work, the decrepitation process was examined with regard to mechanical properties and microstructure.
  • In addition, it also resists compaction and promotes decrepitation of the alloy.

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