1. crepitate (KREP-i-tayt)
verb intr.: To make a crackling or popping sound.
“John Grisham’s sentences thud and crepitate all over the page, and he has become a literary tycoon.”
verb tr., intr.: To divide into branches.
“Andrew offered to read me a handful of passages from the manuscript … which had ramified so uncontrollably that it was turning into several distinct projects.”
Nicolas Rothwell; The Red Highway; Black Inc.; 2009.
3. ameliorate (a-MEL-yuh-rayt, uh-MEE-lee-)
verb tr., intr.: To make or grow better; to improve.
“An offhand allusion to luggage problems and the presentation of his ‘platinum preferred’ credit card had seemed to ameliorate most of the doubts about his desirability as a guest.”
1. To let in; admit.
2. To administer.
3. To affix or attach.
“Morgiana asked the druggist for more medicine and essences such as are adhibited to the sick when at death’s door.”
5. decorticate (dee-KOR-ti-kayt)
verb tr.: To remove the outer layer, such as the bark, husk, rind, etc.
“The idea, the sensation, the moment of intuition are decorticated and communicated with intimacy and lucidity.”
Marguerite Dorian; Demon in Brackets; World Literature Today; Jun 1995.