• WordNet 3.6
    • v decrepitate to roast or calcine so as to cause to crackle or until crackling stops "decrepitate salts"
    • v decrepitate undergo decrepitation and crackle "The salt decrepitated"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Decrepitate To crackle, as salt in roasting.
    • v. t Decrepitate To roast or calcine so as to cause a crackling noise; as, to decrepitate salt.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • decrepitate To crackle, as salt when roasting.
    • decrepitate To roast or calcine in a strong heat, so as to cause a continual bursting or crackling of the substance: as, to decrepitate salt.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Decrepitate de-krep′i-tāt to crackle, as salts when heated
    • v.t Decrepitate to roast so as to cause a continual crackling, to calcine
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  • T. S. Eliot
    “The years between fifty and seventy are the hardest. You are always being asked to do things, and yet you are not decrepit enough to turn them down.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. décrépiter,


In literature:

The Duke arrived last night for the purpose; he looked very old, very feeble, and decrepit.
"The Greville Memoirs (Second Part)" by Charles C. F. Greville
I'll pray that wisdom may overcome your caution afore you're decrepit.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
There were old, decrepit wenches, unable to work, who took care of the children during the day.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
A sudden rage rose within me against the deceased Uncle Thomas, and against this other decrepit uncle, waiting to be nursed.
"The Lowest Rung" by Mary Cholmondeley
The company in the Piccola Sentinella, young and old, were decrepit, with an odd, rheumatic, shrivelled look upon them.
"New Italian sketches" by John Addington Symonds
Hard, woodeny swellings appeared on the legs, and the victim became very decrepit.
"In Mesopotamia" by Martin Swayne
So many maimed and halt and decrepit as they employed about the works!
"Working With the Working Woman" by Cornelia Stratton Parker
Once outside I found to my utter disgust that my spoil was a venerable and decrepit donkey.
"My Reminiscences of the Anglo-Boer War" by Ben Viljoen
So that was what they did, after they had set their decrepit shoulder-ionics to slow them down in the direction of the Belt.
"The Planet Strappers" by Raymond Zinke Gallun
At this point an aged and decrepit man was led into the room by two soldiers.
"A Voyage with Captain Dynamite" by Charles Edward Rich
Nothing about her reminded me of the weak, decrepit old woman she had been but an hour before.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol 3 No 3, March 1863" by Various
These were drawn by oxen or, sometimes, by an ox and a donkey, both animals usually in a very decrepit condition.
"The 28th: A Record of War Service in the Australian Imperial Force, 1915-19, Vol. I" by Herbert Brayley Collett
How old, decrepit, and bent with years!
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Now we are beginning to ask what becomes of the decrepit old women, there are so few to be seen.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
She is bent and decrepit and growing more so by very fixed stages each twelvemonth.
"The Higher Powers of Mind and Spirit" by Ralph Waldo Trine
He is decrepit and unable to work.
"Slave Narratives: a Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
After considerable back-firing, the decrepit machine began to climb the grade.
"Anderson Crow, Detective" by George Barr McCutcheon
By the time the decrepit but life-saving little local drew into Gila Bend they had somewhat recovered from their harrowing experience.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, August 1930" by Various
When he was decrepit he perpetrated a joke against himself.
"Law and Laughter" by George Alexander Morton
Ingleby, who had taken off his jacket, lay in a decrepit arm-chair holding a slip of paper in his hand.
"Delilah of the Snows" by Harold Bindloss

In poetry:

"If not—," but Count Decrepit rose,
Infirm, decayed and slim;
"I hid my title!" and her heart
Was there knocked down to him.
"Outbid" by Ellis Parker Butler
A widow--she had only one!
A puny and decrepit son;
But, day and night,
Though fretful oft, and weak and small,
A loving child, he was her all--
The Widow's Mite.
"The Widow's Mite" by Frederick Locker-Lampson
Full many a day of sunshine and of storm,
Since last we parted, both have surely known;
Thy leaves are thinned, decrepit is thy form,--
And all my cherished visions, they are flown!
"The Old Oak" by Samuel Griswold Goodrich

In news:

Scurrying along the sidewalk on a late Sunday afternoon, hardly anyone looks at the decrepit artifact standing forlornly on the southwest corner of 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue.
Incongruous amid the cotton fields of Avondale, just off Interstate 10, there rises a huge, imposing structure that seems simultaneously futuristic, retro and decrepit.
In Tony Becker's neighborhood, a sliver of Fishtown squeezed between Richmond Street and the decrepit factories along Aramingo Avenue, hanging on the corner is generally what passes for teenage nightlife.
A 2-month-old girl was found dead yesterday morning in a day-care center operated out of a decrepit Queens residence, authorities said.
Romania rescues two brown bears from decrepit zoo.
Germantown Ave Renaissance' to transform decrepit buildings.
In A Decrepit Future, An Identity Crisis Multiplies.
New outlook for a decrepit city neighborhood.
Neighbors want to save decrepit building — from its owner.
City sues cement magnate Quadrozzi over decrepit Henry St buildings.
Oregon's decrepit roads to find fixes with new funding.
Most Decrepit Restaurant - 2000.
The city's most decrepit restaurant is also the best place to get a bacon cheeseburger at 4:35 in the morning.
Decrepit Empire Stores forces closure of waterfront park.
Decrepit Elevators, Built for Times Long Past, Torment New York Hospitals.