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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Deflagrate  \Def"la*grate\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Deflagrated};  p. 
  pr  &  vb  n.  {Deflagrating}.]  [L.  deflagratus  p.  p.  of 
  deflagrare  to  burn  up  de-  +  flagrare  to  flame,  burn.] 
  To  burn  with  a  sudden  and  sparkling  combustion,  as  niter; 
  also  to  snap  and  crackle  with  slight  explosions  when  heated, 
  as  salt.