crackle

[krak-uhl]
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; crack + -le

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crackle (ˈkrækəl)
 
vb
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.  (tr) to decorate (porcelain or pottery) by causing a fine network of cracks to appear in the glaze
3.  (intr) to abound in vivacity or energy
 
n
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 & History

crackle
c.1560, crackelen, frequentative of cracken "to crack." The noun is recorded from 1833.
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Example sentences
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.
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