verb (used with object), de·crep·i·tat·ed, de·crep·i·tat·ing.
- to roast or calcine (salt, minerals, etc.) so as to cause crackling or until crackling ceases.
verb (used without object), de·crep·i·tat·ed, de·crep·i·tat·ing.
- to break up when exposed to heat.
- (tr) to heat (a substance, such as a salt) until it emits a crackling sound or until this sound stops
- (intr) (esp of a salt) to crackle, as while being heated