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Monday, January 09, 2017

Definitions for crepitate

  1. to make a crackling sound; crackle.

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Citations for crepitate
Kate could hardly remember now the dry rigid pallor of the heat, when the whole earth seemed to crepitate viciously with dry malevolence; like memory gone dry and sterile, hellish. D. H. Lawrence, The Plumed Serpent, 1926
When she came into the room, shaking rain-pearls from the hem of her black coat, I could feel her excitement--when she was like that the air around her seemed to crepitate as if an electric current were passing through it. John Banville, Athena, 1995
Origin of crepitate
Crepitate derives from Latin crepitātus, the past participle of crepitāre “to rattle, rustle, chatter,” a frequentative verb from crepāre and having the same meaning. The word entered English in the 17th century and meant “to break wind, fart,” a meaning that crepitāre had in Latin; the word’s politer senses date from the 19th century.