- to burn, especially suddenly and violently.
Origin of deflagrate
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They deflagrate like the chlorates when heated with combustibles.
The matches tipped with it deflagrate with a snapping noise.
Like the nitrates, they deflagrate with inflammable substances, but with greater facility and violence.
They deflagrate when sprinkled on fused nitre, forming carbonate of potash.A Textbook of Assaying: For the Use of Those Connected with Mines.
Cornelius Beringer and John Jacob Beringer
Another portion of the residue should deflagrate when saturated with an alkali and projected upon live coals.Legal Chemistry
- to burn or cause to burn with great heat and light
C18: from Latin dēflagrāre, from de- + flagrāre to burn