• WordNet 3.6
    • v crepitate make a crackling sound "My Rice Krispies crackled in the bowl"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Crepitate To make a series of small, sharp, rapidly repeated explosions or sounds, as salt in fire; to crackle; to snap.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • crepitate To crackle; snap with a sharp, abrupt, and rapidly repeated sound, as salt in fire or during calcination.
    • crepitate Specifically To rattle or crackle; use the crepitaculum, as a rattlesnake.
    • crepitate In entomology, to eject suddenly from the anus, with a slight noise, a volatile fluid having somewhat the appearance of smoke and a strong pungent odor, as certain bombardier-beetles of the genus Brachinus and its allies.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Crepitate krep′i-tāt to crackle, snap
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. crepitatus, (p. p.) of crepitare, to crackle, (v.) intensive of crepare, to crack. Cf. Crevice
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. crepitāre, -ātum, freq. of crepāre, to crack, rattle.


In literature:

He spoke of dulness and crepitation, and the effects of the African air.
"Round the Red Lamp" by Arthur Conan Doyle
People do not mince along the banks of streams in patent-leather shoes or crepitating silks.
"Little Rivers" by Henry van Dyke
When she returned the room was silent again, save for the faint crepitation of his chair and the occasional clink of a bottle.
"The Invisible Man" by H. G. Wells
And the tiled roof just above his head resounded with a continual loud crepitation, as if a multitude of iron-shod elves were dancing on it.
"The Cardinal's Snuff-Box" by Henry Harland
Press some dry starch powder between the thumb and forefinger, and note the peculiar crepitation.
"A Practical Physiology" by Albert F. Blaisdell
They are usually sub-periosteal and when the periosteum is left intact or nearly so, no crepitation is discernible.
"Lameness of the Horse" by John Victor Lacroix
The putrefactive gases evolved cause the skin to become emphysematous and crepitant and produce an offensive odour.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
The portions containing air are of a light brick-red colour, and crepitate under the finger.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
If the ear is placed over the lower portion of the neck, a crepitating sound can be heard.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
The upper lobe was crepitant, though infiltrated with carbon into the interlobular cellular tissue.
"An Investigation into the Nature of Black Phthisis" by Archibald Makellar

In poetry:

They are the deep falls of the Christ of the soul,
of some adorable one that Destiny Blasphemes.
Those bloody blows are the crepitation
of some bread getting burned on us by the oven's door
"Black Messengers (Translation of Los Heraldos Negros)" by Cesar Vallejo
One is incisive, corrosive:
Two retorts, nettled, curt, crepitant;
Three makes rejoinder, expansive, explosive;
Four overbears them all, strident and strepitant,
Five… O Danaides, O Sieve!
"Master Hugues Of Saxe-Gotha" by Robert Browning