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crackle

[krak-uh l] /ˈkræk əl/
verb (used without object), crackled, crackling.
1.
to make slight, sudden, sharp noises, rapidly repeated.
2.
to form a network of fine cracks on the surface.
3.
(of ceramic glaze) to craze.
4.
to exhibit liveliness, vibrancy, anticipation, etc.:
The play crackled with wit.
verb (used with object), crackled, crackling.
5.
to cause to crackle.
6.
to break with a crackling noise.
7.
to craze (ceramic glaze).
noun
8.
the act of crackling.
9.
a crackling noise.
10.
a network of fine cracks, as in the glaze of some kinds of porcelain.
Origin
1490-1500
1490-1500; crack + -le
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Examples from the web for crackle
  • Sometimes, they played with phosphorus-laden dirt that exploded with a crackle when lumps of it were thrown to the ground.
  • When impaled with electrodes, these cells did not produce a crackle of electric pulses.
  • The crackle is almost as tacky as the toes that are about to disappear into winter.
  • He creates tension with the frame, knowing that the same crackle that fuels drama can also energize comedy.
  • But the telephone on the kitchen wall would only crackle and spit.
  • More campfires crackle inside the fort, but there are friendly faces around these.
  • The translucent glaze has a slight iridescence and a barely perceptible fine crackle.
  • The enamel coating of the pan can crackle and break off after a few uses, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
  • The crackle of snow under your boots and the crisp feel of the air as you breathe in deeply.
British Dictionary definitions for crackle

crackle

/ˈkrækəl/
verb
1.
to make or cause to make a series of slight sharp noises, as of paper being crushed or of a wood fire burning
2.
(transitive) to decorate (porcelain or pottery) by causing a fine network of cracks to appear in the glaze
3.
(intransitive) to abound in vivacity or energy
noun
4.
the act or sound of crackling
5.
intentional crazing in the glaze of a piece of porcelain or pottery
6.
Also called crackleware. porcelain or pottery so decorated
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Word Origin and History for crackle
v.

mid-15c., crackelen, frequentative of cracken "to crack" (see crack (v.)). Related: Crackled; crackling. The noun is recorded from 1833.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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