- to burn, especially suddenly and violently.
Origin of deflagrate
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The case is the same when this Salt is alkalizated by deflagration.
Deflagration is the burning of a substance with explosive violence, generally due to excess of oxygen.The Elements of Blowpipe Analysis
Frederick Hutton Getman
It seems to me that the deflagration, by the intense brilliancy of the substances in combustion, is produced in pure oxygen.
This deflagration of Sulphur is the only means we have of decomposing it, in order to obtain its Acid in purity.
In this deflagration the Acid is dissipated, and totally separated from the Alkali, which now remains by itself.
- to burn or cause to burn with great heat and light
C18: from Latin dēflagrāre, from de- + flagrāre to burn
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