caking


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caking

[′kāk·iŋ]
(engineering)
Changing of a powder into a solid mass by heat, pressure, or water.

caking

In paints, the formation of a hard dense mass of pigment which is difficult to disperse by hand agitation.
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Upon this occasion of removing my ammunition I happened to open the barrel of powder which I took up out of the sea, and which had been wet, and I found that the water had penetrated about three or four inches into the powder on every side, which caking and growing hard, had preserved the inside like a kernel in the shell, so that I had near sixty pounds of very good powder in the centre of the cask.