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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 of crackle
1490-1500
1490-1500; crack + -le
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  • The tom-tom was still troubling the morning air, and the crackle of two or three gunshots came down the valley.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • "Just look, it's like cardboard," continued she, making one crackle between her fingers.

    L'Assommoir Emile Zola
  • He put his ear to the earth, and then the crackle of rifles came more distinctly.

    The Texan Scouts Joseph A. Altsheler
  • A volley of screams and oaths from the plain answered the crackle of the Browning.

    The Solar Magnet Sterner St. Paul Meek
  • It was astonishing how the crackle of that bit of paper in her handkerchief calmed and soothed her.

    Phoebe, Junior Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
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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