crackling

[krak-ling or for 2, 3, -luhn]
noun
1.
the making of slight cracking sounds rapidly repeated.
2.
the crisp browned skin or rind of roast pork.
3.
Usually, cracklings. Southern U.S. the crisp residue left when fat, especially hog or chicken fat, is rendered.

Origin:
1540–50; crackle + -ing1

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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

crackling (ˈkræklɪŋ)
 
n
the crisp browned skin of roast pork

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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
People who were outside heard a buzzing, crackling sound in the air.
We pull the hot pink bodies from crackling shells and dip them into soy sauce and scallions.
Eating ice cream at the marina, building sandcastles, and roasting marshmallows
  over crackling logs.
In some rooms, you can relax in your tub and gaze at both the view out the
  window and your own crackling fire.
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